AFP: Egypt former president Morsi dies after falling ill in court18 June 2019 | 00:42 | FOCUS News Agency
Morsi, also the country's first civilian president, had been "animated" during a hearing in the retrial of an espionage case in which he was accused of collaborating with adverse foreign powers and militant groups, judicial and security sources said.
"The court granted him his request to speak for five minutes... He fell to the ground in the cage... and was transported immediately to the hospital. A medical report found... no pulse or breathing," said the attorney general's office.
"He arrived at the hospital dead at 4:50 pm exactly and there were no new, visible injuries found on the body."
One of Morsi's legal defence team described the moment he received news of his death.
"We heard the banging on the glass cage from the rest of the other inmates and them screaming loudly that Morsi had died," the lawyer, Osama El Helw, told AFP.
Since Morsi's overthrow on July 3, 2013, his former defence minister now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has waged an ongoing crackdown, targeting his supporters from the Muslim Brotherhood with thousands jailed and hundreds facing death sentences.
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