FILE - Morsi
CAIRO - 17 June 2019: No recent injuries were found on the body of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi, said Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadek in a statement on Monday.
Immediately following Morsi was announced dead during his retrial in a case dubbed in media as “Espionage with Hamas”, the General Prosecution has dispatched a team of prosecutors to examine the dead body of, the statement said.
“The Public Prosecution was notified of the death of Morsi al-Ayaat while he was attending a trial session in the case No. 56458 of 2013 at the first Nasr City criminal court,” the statement said, adding “During the trial and after the defense lawyer of the first and second defendants ended his argument, Morsi asked to speak and he was allowed for five minutes by the court. After he spoke, the court stopped the session for deliberation,” the statement continued.
“While the defendants and Morsi were at the cage, he fainted and fell on the ground; he was immediately transported to the hospital and then he was found dead,” the statement said.
According the initial medical report, he was pronounced dead at 4:50 PM, the statement said, saying “No recent injuries were found on the body of the deceased.” Morsi died at age of 67.
As per the Attorney-General’s order, surveillance cameras in the courtroom were impounded. Also, the medical report of Morsi’s condition was impounded.
A high committee of forensic physicians was tasked to examine the body to prepare a forensic report on the causes of death for the burial permit, the statement said.
Since 2013, Morsi was being prosecuted in custody as he was facing several charges, including espionage, killing protesters, prison escape, and judiciary insult.
In 2015, Morsi was sentenced to death in the jailbreak lawsuit. A year later, the sentence was cancelled by the Court of Cassation. In 2017, Morsi was handed three years in prison for judiciary insult.
In 2016, Morsi was given a life sentence in an espionage lawsuit as he was charged of spying for Qatar. A year later, the sentence was upheld by the Court of Cassation.
Morsi was also serving a final 20-year prison sentence for killing protesters.