- Mohamed Morsi was elected president in 2012 but was ousted in July 2013
- He was accused of espionage with the Palestinian Hamas militant group
- Morsi was slapped with a death sentence but the harsh ruling was overturned; he collapsed after speaking in court and passed on after being rushed to hospital
Former Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has passed away.
Briefly.co.za has learnt that Morsi, 67, died on Monday, June 17, as he testified in court after being accused of espionage.
He ascended to power in 2012 after an election that was perceived as the only democratic exercise in the country. A year later, in 2013, he was ousted from office by the military.
Among charges levelled against him is a count of espionage with the Palestinian Hamas militant group.
The former head of state was convicted for 20 years for ordering Brotherhood members to break up a protest against him. This, according to his accusers, resulted in deaths.
A court had slapped him with a death sentence but the ruling was overturned.
The proceeding was part of the former president's sessions where he was required to attend court.
Authorities kept him in a glass cage where he was able to converse with the court.
Until his death, Morsi was being held in a special wing in Tora detention complex in Cairo.
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