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Egypt’s former president Morsi dies in court, state TV reports

FILE — Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi at the presidential palace in Cairo’s Nasr City, Sept. 20, 2012. Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, died in an Egyptian courtroom on June 17, 2019, Egyptian state television reported. Morsi, 67, won Egypt’s first free presidential election in 2012. The military dissolved Parliament later that year and ousted Morsi in 2013. (Tara Todras-Whitehill/The New York Times)
June 17, 2019 01:06 pm Updated: June 18, 2019 08:57 am

CAIRO — Egypt’s deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi collapsed in court on Monday and died, state television reported.

His body was taken to a hospital.

Morsi became Egypt’s first democratically elected president in 2012, one year after an uprising forced long-time leader Hosny Mubarak out of power.

In mid-2013, Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood group, was ousted by the military following mass protests against his rule.

He had faced several trials since then.

Monday’s session was part of a trial in which he was facing treason charges for allegedly leaking secret state documents to Qatar while he was in office.

The Ministry of Interior declared a state of maximum alert in the country after the announcement.