Funeral prayers in absentia held for Morsi

Clay Curtis
June 20, 2019

The Muslim Brotherhood said the death of Morsi - the first democratically elected head of state in Egypt's modern history - was a "full-fledged murder" and called on Egyptians to gather for a mass funeral. His comments came while the court trying him for spying for and conspiring with the militant Palestinian group Hamas was in recess.

Officials said a forensic report had been ordered into his death, and insisted no new, visible injuries were found on his body.

"The investigation should be carried out by a judicial or other competent authority that is independent of the detaining authority and mandated to conduct prompt, impartial and effective investigations into the circumstances and causes of his death", he said.

Abdul-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud says Morsi's family attended funeral prayers early Tuesday in the mosque of Tora prison, then buried him in Cairo's eastern district of Nasr City.

"The Egyptian authorities have an appalling track record of detaining prisoners in prolonged solitary confinement and in dire conditions as well as subjecting prisoners to torture and other ill-treatment".

Morsi's death is likely to increase global pressure on the Egyptian government over its human rights record, especially conditions in prisons where thousands of Islamists and secular activists are held. Ossama was sentenced to 10 years last September in a case related to the 2013 dispersal of a sit-in of Morsi's supporters.

The general who led efforts to remove Morsi from power, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, went on to become elected president in 2014 and won his second term after a largely uncontested vote past year.

Egypt's former President, 67, died yesterday outside the court where he was being tried on espionage charges.

Another of Morsi's lawyers, Osama El Helw, said other defendants had started banging on the glass, "screaming loudly that Morsi had died". Hamas is also part of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement but has taken measures in recent years to reconcile with the current Egyptian authorities.

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People hold picture of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi during a symbolic funeral cerenomy on 18 June 2019 at Fatih mosque in Istanbul.

The SIS added that Morsi submitted his last official request to the court regarding his health condition on 19 November 2017 asking to be treated at his own expense and that the court approved the request. "No one could contact him, no one could ask about him", senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Ashraf Abdel Ghaffar said.

A group of British parliamentarians in March 2018 warned that his detention conditions had not met global standards and could lead to his "premature death".

Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division, said the death was "entirely predictable". In response to Morsi's passing, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "May Allah rest our brother Morsi, our martyr's soul in peace", according to Al Jazeera.

He spent a turbulent year in office before being toppled by the military following millions-strong protests demanding his resignation.

He was sentenced to death in May 2015 for his role in jailbreaks during the uprising that ousted his predecessor, long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

One camp is adamant that Morsi does not deserve the prayer since he and his Brotherhood are blamed for deadly attacks against security forces and civilians after his removal in 2013. Morsi appealed and was being retried.

Al Raissouni was not the only public figure to condemn the death of Morsi.

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