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Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has died in court

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who was the country's first democratically elected leader, has died being in trial, aged 67. He suffered a heart attack.

The public prosecutor said he had collapsed in a defendants’ cage in the courtroom shortly after speaking, and had been pronounced dead in hospital . A strict Islamist who was educated in southern California, Morsi was voted into power in June 2012 following the 2011 Arab Spring. He was a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood. He was an authoritarian leader. Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood movement were ousted in a coup in 2013. In 2015, he was sentenced to death over a jailbreak during the 2011 uprising and to life on espionage charges after being convicted of conspiring with Palestinian group Hamas, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and other foreign organizations.

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Morsi was also handed a 25-year prison sentence for leaking state secrets to Qatar and had received an additional 15-year sentence for other charges. n 2016, Morsy's death sentence and life sentence were overturned. After his death a leading rights group has said the death of imprisoned former President Mohammad Morsi was tragic but "predictable" given Egyptian authorities' "failure" to allow medical care. His family said the 67-year-old Morsi suffered from ill health due to harsh conditions, including years of solitary confinement. Security sources said the Interior Ministry had declared a state of alert on Monday, notably in Mursi’s home province of Sharqiya in the Nile Delta, where the body was expected to be taken for burial.

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