CAIRO — Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, the first democratically elected head of state in Egypt’s modern history, died on Monday from a heart attack after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges, authorities and a medical source said. Mursi’s family previously said his health had deteriorated in prison and that they were rarely allowed to visit. A medical source said Mursi died of a heart attack. Mursi’s son, Abdullah Mohamed Mursi, told Reuters that the family had not been contacted about the details of the burial and were only communicating through their lawyers. Mursi had been in court for a hearing on charges of espionage emanating from suspected contacts with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which had close ties to the Brotherhood.
Source: National Post June 17, 2019 23:26 UTC