Egyptian Ex-President Morsi Was ‘Killed’, Says Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a symbolic funeral ceremony for the former Egyptian President the day after his death in Cairo, on June 18, 2019, at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul. Thousands joined in prayer in Istanbul on June 18, 2019, for former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi who died the previous day after collapsing during a trial hearing in a Cairo court.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganon said his close ally, Mohamed Morsi, was “killed” and accused Egyptian authorities of failing to intervene to save the ex-president.

“Morsi was struggling on the floor in the courtroom for 20 minutes. Authorities, unfortunately, did not intervene to save him,” Erdogan said during a televised speech in Istanbul.

“Morsi was killed, he did not die of natural causes,” he said on Wednesday.

Erdogan forged close ties with Morsi, Egypt’s first civilian president, and a prominent Muslim Brotherhood member.

But Ankara’s relations with Cairo ties deteriorated after the Egyptian military, then led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, ousted Morsi in 2013. Sisi then became president.

Erdoganhas sharply denounced the military takeover in Egypt and called it a “coup”.

On Wednesday, he said he would follow up on the process related to Morsi’s death.

“We will do whatever is needed for Egypt to be tried in international courts.”

The attorney general’s office in Egypt has said that Morsi was “transported immediately to the hospital”, where medics pronounced him dead — a version confirmed by a judicial source.

Morsi was buried on Tuesday, as rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called for an independent probe into the causes of his death.

Erdoganon Tuesday joined in prayer at an Istanbul mosque for the former Egyptian leader.

AFP