Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi faints in court, then dies

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Updated: March 7, 2021

Mohamed Morsi, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was toppled by the military in 2013 after a brief stay in power, fainted in court on Monday and later died, state television said.

Morsi was serving a seven-year sentence for allegedly falsifying his candidacy application for the 2012 presidential race.

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Newspaper recalled how in March 2018, a panel of British politicians and lawyers warned that Morsi’s prison conditions were poor and could lead to his early death. He had also complained about being denied treatment for diabetes.

“An engineer by profession, Morsi’s short time in office marked Egypt’s brief experiment with democracy. As analysts began to tout his tenure as a success for the Arab spring, the army struck effectively snatching the country back from civilian,” Reuters said.

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