The First democratically elected President in Egypt, Mohammed Morsi Monday, fainted and subsequently died in court, Egyptian state tv reports. Morsi was oustered by the military after serving one-year of a four-year mandate following protests.
The 67-year-old former president was elected on the platform of the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood after the Arab Upspring uprising that terminated the thirty-year rule of Hosni Mubarak.
“He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became very animated and fainted. He was quickly rushed to the hospital where he later died,” says a judicial source.
Morsi and 23 others were handed life imprisonment and death sentences after they were deposed and their political organization which had a militant wing as well was banned. Morsi’s sentence was educed to 20 years by a higher court and 21 of his brotherhood members also had their convictions reduced.
Protesters were angered that the Muslim Brotherhood were appointed into many top positions, sectarian violence still thrived, unemployment among others. Morsi was deposed and detaind by the military on July 3 2013. The Muslim Brotherhood was accused of having connections with Palestinian militant group Hamas.