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    Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi sits in a defendant cage in the Police Academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt. On Tuesday April 21, 2015, an Egyptian criminal court sentenced Morsi to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the leader. The case stems from violence outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

    Egyptian Prosecutor General Orders Probe Into Death of Former President Morsi

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    CAIRO (Sputnik) - The Egyptian Prosecutor General's office said in a Monday statement that it had ordered its employees to establish the cause of death of former President Mohammed Morsi, who died earlier in the day.

    "Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek ordered a team of employees of the prosecutor general’s office, as well as state security prosecutor’s office, to inspect the body of deceased Mohammed Morsi", the statement says.

    Morsi, 67, who was removed from power in 2013, reportedly suffered a heart attack and died on Monday in Cairo during a court session involving an espionage case.

    According to the statement, Morsi suddenly fell and lost consciousness in the defendants' cage in the courtroom during a break between sessions.

    A few minutes prior to that, the former president had made a five-minute speech before the judge. The politician was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An external examination showed no damage to his body.

    An uprising on 25 January 2011, unseated Egypt’s longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. Morsi, who was nominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, won the presidential election in June 2012.

    In July 2013, amid a wave of popular discontent caused by the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, Morsi was removed from power and a transitional period was announced in the country. Morsi's supporters held mass protests demanding his return to the presidency.

    As a result of the riots and clashes that followed the protests, hundreds of Egyptians were killed.

    Since Morsi was removed from power, five criminal cases were opened against him, including those in connection with clashes near the presidential palace between his supporters and opposition in December 2012; espionage in favor of Qatar and the Palestinian movement Hamas; his escape from prison during the 2011 mass riots, and insulting the judiciary.

    *The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.

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