Former democratically elected president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi has died in a court room.
He collapsed during trial in Cairo and died.
Morsi had been in detention since his forceful removal from office by the masses themselves through sustained protest.

Morsi, who was facing at least six trials, had been behind bars for nearly six years and was serving a 20-year prison sentence for a conviction arising from the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012.



He was also serving a life sentence for espionage in a case related to the Gulf state of Qatar.



Other charges against the former president included jailbreak, insulting the judiciary and involvement in “terrorism”.




His supporters however believe the charges against him were politically motivated.

The public prosecutor said the 67-year-old former president collapsed in a dock in the courtroom and was pronounced dead in hospital at 4:50pm local time (02:50 GMT) on Monday.



A medical report showed no apparent recent injuries on his body, the prosecutor said.



“Morsi died today while attending a session in his trial on espionage charges. During the session, he was granted permission to address the judge,” a presenter with Egypt’s state TV said.



“After the session was adjourned, the former president blacked out and then died. His body was taken to a hospital.”



Morsi had a history of health issues, including diabetes and liver and kidney disease. He had suffered from medical neglect during his imprisonment, compounded by the poor conditions in jail.



There have been various reports over the years that Morsi had been mistreated and tortured in jail, with activists saying on Monday his death should be seen in context of the Egyptian authorities’ systematic isolation and mistreatment of political detainees.



The Egyptian government is most likely to be blamed for Morsi’ s death given the poor treatment he received while in detention.



Morsi became the first democratically elected president of Egypt in 2012 and only served 1  year and 4 months out of his 4 year term of office before his exit.

Chinwe Ugele

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