Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi has been buried in Cairo on Tuesday, a day after he collapsed in court and died. One of his lawyers Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud, said the former president was buried in Medinat Nasr, in eastern Cairo, with his family present.
Rights groups have however called for an independent probe into the detention conditions and death of the Islamist, who was ousted in 2013 after a year of divisive rule. State TV said the 67-year-old’s death was due to a cardiac arrest.
Judicial and security sources said that Morsi, who was also the country’s first civilian president, had appeared “animated” during a hearing in a retrial over charges of collaborating with foreign powers and militant groups.
Since Morsi’s overthrow on July 3, 2013, his former defence minister, now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has waged an ongoing crackdown that has seen thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters jailed and hundreds facing death sentences.
The Brotherhood’s political wing accused Egyptian authorities of “deliberately killing Morsi slowly”.