Published: Sat, June 22, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Egypt accuses UN of trying to 'politicise' Morsi death

Egypt accuses UN of trying to 'politicise' Morsi death

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi dies after collapsing in court.

"Mohammed Morsi walked to join God during the trial".

The Turkish president also denounced the Egyptian authorities for burying Morsi discreetly, with only a small number of family members and confidants present.

Reporters without Borders (RSF) ranks Egypt 163 out of 180 countries worldwide for press freedom, describing it as "one of the world's biggest prisons for journalists".

Morsi came to power after Hosni Mubarak was deposed in the 2011 Arab Spring, after which the Muslim Brotherhood was legalized with Morsi as its preferred candidate, winning the 2012 presidential election.

The calls for such an investigation have, until now, been from Mr Morsi's supporters and human rights groups, which the government has dismissed as politically motivated. "The investigation should therefore also encompass all aspects of the authorities' treatment of Morsi to examine whether the conditions of his detention had an impact on his death", read the statement.

Morsi was buried in eastern Cairo in a quiet ceremony, a day after his startling death on Monday.

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Morsi's son, Ahmed Morsi, confirmed on his Facebook page that "his father was buried in the Muslim Brotherhood's cemetery on the outskirts of Cairo".

"Personally, I do not believe that it was a normal death", Erdogan said following a funeral prayer service held for Morsi Istanbul's Fatih Mosque.

"The media in Egypt is effectively controlled by the security forces", Hussein Baoumi, Amnesty International's Egypt researcher, explains.

Three years later, he ratified another controversial law that allowed the state to tighten controls over the internet and block websites if they are deemed to be a threat to national security or the economy.

An Egyptian judicial official told the Associated Press that Morsi had just addressed the court, speaking from the glass cage he is kept in during sessions and warning that he had "many secrets" he could reveal before collapsing minutes later. While in detention, Morsi continued to appear in court on a range of charges. Spokesman for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert Colville said the exact cause of Morsi's death is not wholly clear.

Human Rights Watch has described the charges against Morsi as politically motivated.

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