Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi 'collapses during court session and dies'

Mr Morsi was overthrown by a military coup in 2013

Save Save Mr Morsi was overthrown by a military coup in 2013 Credit AP

Monday's session was part of a retrial on charges of espionage with the Palestinian Hamas militant group.

Since being overthrown, prosecutors in Egypt has sought the death penalty for the crimes Mr Morsi had been charged with.

Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by the army in 2013, has died after fainting in a courtroom, state TV says.

He was chosen as the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate for the 2012 election after the movement's preferred choice was forced to pull out.

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The death of Morsi, 67, was reported by state television and confirmed by his family.

The 2012 Arab Spring protests led to the end of Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-rule as president. Multiple cases are still pending. He summarized our argument in three to five minutes.

Standing before the court, the man whose presidency ended in a bloody military coup said he would keep the secrets to himself until he died or met God.

In 2016, the Court of Cassation also upheld a 20-year jail term against Morsi for the alleged murders of protesters in clashes that erupted outside the presidential palace during Morsi's single year in power.

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Authorities have been on high alert for any security breaches noting in an interior ministry Facebook post published Wednesday that thousands of forces would be deployed to secure venues. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. But over the course of the year, opponents accused his Brotherhood of hijacking the revolution and using elections to entrench their own control.

The group's other major state backer is Turkey. Brotherhood supporters cracked down violently on some protests.

"He has been placed behind glass cage (during trials)".

"I saw him from afar wheeled out on the stretcher from the courts complex" from Tora, in southern Cairo, said another one of his lawyers, Abdelmoneim Abdel-Maksoud.

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Earlier in Monday's court session, according to the account, fellow detainees Safwat al-Hejazi, a senior Brotherhood figure, and Essam al-Haddad, who served as Morsi's foreign affairs advisor, asked the judge to consider holding court sessions less frequently. "It's steel behind steel and glass behind glass".

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