Thursday 18 July 2019

UN call for probe into death of ex-Egyptian leader Morsi

Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi. Photo: Tarek el-Gabbas/AP
Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi. Photo: Tarek el-Gabbas/AP

Sudarsan Raghavan

The United Nations yesterday joined the chorus calling for an independent investigation into the death of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, a day after he collapsed and died inside a Cairo courtroom.

"Concerns have been raised regarding the conditions of 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," said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Mr Morsi, who suffered from diabetes and liver disease, was held in solitary confinement for six years.

He had complained during earlier court proceedings that he was denied the insulin dosage and special diet he required and as a result had experienced diabetic comas, according to Human Rights Watch.

A prison nurse or doctor would occasionally monitor his blood pressure and sugar levels but no additional health care had been provided, and he was forced to buy his own insulin, the group reported.

His family said he had lost most of the sight in one eye because of medical negligence.

By urging an impartial probe into whether the conditions of Mr Morsi's detention "had an impact on his death", the UN could bring more pressure on Egypt's government to launch a proper inquiry.

The calls for such an investigation have, until now, been from Mr Morsi's supporters and human rights groups, which the government has dismissed as politically motivated. Egyptian authorities and local media reports suggest that Mr Morsi died of a possible heart attack or stroke. (© Washington Post)

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