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Qatar, Turkey Offer Condolences over Morsi’s Death

Qatar, Turkey Offer Condolences over Morsi’s Death

Tuesday, 18 June, 2019 - 05:15
Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. (AFP)
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Qatar and Turkey offered on Monday their condolences over the death of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, a backer of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, tweeted his condolences to Morsi’s family “and to the brotherly Egyptian people.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mourned his fellow Islamist as a “martyr”.

“Putting doubts aside, he has become a martyr today with the fulfilment of God’s order. ... Our prayers are with him,” Erdogan said.

“Condolences to all my brothers who walked the same path as he did. Condolences to the people of Egypt. Condolences to his family and those close to him.”

The Palestinian movement Hamas said Morsi had “served Egypt and the (Muslim) nation and the Palestinian cause.”

Morsi died on Monday from a heart attack after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges, authorities and a medical source said.

He has since been buried in Cairo, said his son Ahmed in a Facebook post.

The 67-year-old Morsi, a top figure in the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, had been in jail since being toppled in 2013 after barely a year in power, following mass protests against his rule.

The public prosecutor said Morsi had collapsed in a defendants’ cage in the courtroom shortly after addressing the court, and was pronounced dead in hospital at 4:50 pm (1450 GMT). It said initial checks had shown no signs of recent injury on his body.

A medical source said Morsi died of a heart attack, reported Reuters.

The source said Morsi, who was diabetic and suffered from high blood pressure, had received medical treatment at a private hospital and at the police hospital in Cairo, denying that he was deprived from medical attention.

Morsi had been in court for a hearing on charges of espionage emanating from suspected contacts with Hamas, which had close ties to the Brotherhood.

He was serving a 20-year prison sentence for a conviction arising from the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012 and a life sentence for espionage in a case related to Qatar. He had denied the charges.

Morsi was also accused of plotting terrorist acts.

He was sentenced to death in May 2015 for his role in jailbreaks during the uprising that ousted his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak.

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