Published: Thu, June 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mohammed Morsi: UN Calls For Probe Of Ex-Egyptian President's Death

Mohammed Morsi: UN Calls For Probe Of Ex-Egyptian President's Death

"I will follow up on the process related to Morsi's death and do whatever is needed for Egypt to be tried in worldwide courts", he said.

Egypt's first democratically elected president and top Muslim Brotherhood official Mohammed Morsi did not die of natural causes but instead was murdered, Turkey's leader claimed Wednesday.

The former leader was instead laid to rest in eastern Cairo early on Tuesday morning, reportedly under tight security.

Worshippers packed into squares and mosques in Ankara and Diyabakir to offer prayers in absentia for Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood who won Egypt's first democratic election in 2012 before being deposed.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said Egypt's only democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi was murdered.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a close ally of Morsi during his short tenure as president, and one of the fiercest worldwide critics of the coup that toppled him.

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"We will do whatever is needed for Egypt to be tried in worldwide courts".

Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, called Tuesday for a "prompt, impartial, thorough and transparent investigation" into Morsi's death.

Egyptian rights groups hoped that Morsi's death will bring attention to the conditions inside prisons in Egypt.

"Concerns have been raised regarding the conditions of Mr Morsi's detention, including access to adequate medical care, as well as sufficient access to his lawyers and family, during his almost six years in custody". He died aged 67 during a court hearing on an espionage case in Cairo.

He said the investigation must "encompass all aspects of the authorities' treatment of Mr Morsi to examine whether the conditions of his detention had an impact on his death". Egypt's government has dismissed accusations that he was badly treated.

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