The former Egyptian president who had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization, died Monday in court after his trial over espionage charges.
“[Former President Mohamed] Morsi was affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is an outlawed group in Egypt,” according to Egypt Today. “He became president in 2012, and was ousted over mass protests on July 3, 2013. Since then, he 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 for a jailbreak plot, but that sentence was overturned a year later, and he was given three years in prison for “judiciary insult.” The same year, he was sentenced to life in prison on espionage charges, with the court claiming that he was spying on behalf of Qatar.
Initial reports said that Morsi, who was granted a chance to speak to the judge in his trial, spoke for 25 minutes before fainting. He reportedly had a heart attack, and was transported to a local hospital, where he died. He was 67.
From 2000 to 2005, Morsi served on the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau.
“Morsi was chosen as the Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate in April 2012 after the movement’s deputy general guide,” according to BBC.
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