UPDATED: Egyptian ex-president Morsi was ‘killed’, says Erdogan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said his close ally Mohamed Morsi was

“Morsi was struggling on the floor in the courtroom for 20 minutes. Authorities, unfortunately, did not intervene to save him,” Erdogan said during a televised speech in Istanbul.Erdogan forged close ties with Morsi, Egypt’s first civilian president and a prominent Muslim Brotherhood member.

But Ankara’s relations with Cairo ties deteriorated after the Egyptian military, then led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, ousted Morsi in 2013. Sisi then became president.On Wednesday, he said he would follow up on the process related to Morsi’s death.The attorney general’s office in Egypt has said that Morsi was “transported immediately to the hospital”, where medics pronounced him dead — a version confirmed by a judicial source.

Morsi was buried on Tuesday, as rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called for an independent probe into the causes of his death.DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON


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