Egypt: UN calls for independent, impartial probe into Morsi’s death

The United Nations Human Rights office Tuesday urged Egyptian authorities to conduct an independent investigation into the death of ex-President Mohamed Morsi who died Monday during a hearing in a court.

Egyptian authorities buried Morsi Tuesday at the government’s cemetery in the Nasr City district, under tight security and behind closed doors.

The former leader collapsed and died Monday in a Cairo courtroom as part of his trials for multiple charges leveled against him following his removal in 2013 by current President Fattah al-Sisi, who was then Defense Minister.

Tuesday the UN Human Rights office spokesman, Rupert Colville, called on Egypt to investigate the death of ex-President and throw light on Morsi’s years of incarceration.

“Concerns have been raised regarding the conditions of Mr Morsi’s detention, including access to adequate medical care, as well as sufficient access to his lawyers and family, during his nearly six years in custody. He also appears to have been held in prolonged solitary confinement,” Colville said.

“We believe it is clear there must be a thorough independent inquiry into the circumstances of Mr Morsi’s death, including the conditions of his detention,” he added.

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