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    Erdogan: Former Egyptian President Morsi Was 'Killed', 'Authorities Did Not Intervene to Save Him'

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    The Egyptian state broadcaster previously reported, citing its medical sources that the ex-President Mohamed Morsi died of a heart attack during a trial session in an espionage case in Cairo on Monday.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday stated that former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was 'killed.' The Turkish leader also slammed Egyptian officials for not taking any measures to save the ex-president.

    "Morsi was struggling on the floor in the courtroom for 20 minutes. Authorities unfortunately did not intervene to save him," Erdogan said. "Morsi was killed, he did not die of natural causes."

    Morsi, who was removed from power in 2013 amid a wave of popular discontent caused by the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood* movement, reportedly suffered a heart attack on Monday. He died aged 67 during a court hearing on an espionage case in Cairo.

    In the aftermath of his death, the OHCHR expressed concern over the conditions of Morsi’s detention and the provision of necessary medical care, also urging for an independent investigation into the former Egyptian leader's death. Amnesty International also reacted to the situation stating that the Egyptian government must immediately order a probe into the sudden death of Mohamed Morsi. 

    Egypt's Foreign Ministry, for its part, accused the United Nations of an attempt to 'politicise' the death of Mohamed Morsi by urging that an 'independent inquiry' be conducted.

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

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