CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Islamist ex-president Mohamed Mursi was buried in a small household ceremony early on Tuesday a day after he suffered a deadly coronary heart assault in courtroom, his sons stated, as supporters posted messages of grief and anger.
The primary democratically elected head of state in Egypt’s trendy historical past, who was deposed by the military in 2013, was laid to relaxation in Cairo subsequent to the graves of different leaders of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, Abdullah Mohamed Mursi instructed Reuters.
“We washed his noble physique at Tora jail hospital, learn prayers for him on the jail hospital”, one other son, Ahmed Mursi, wrote on Fb.
The Muslim Brotherhood has described Mursi’s dying as a “full-fledged homicide” and referred to as for mass gatherings to mark his passing. Egyptian officers have denied accusations that his well being was uncared for.
Life appeared regular in Egypt’s capital, the place authorities have cracked down on Islamists and different opponents since Mursi’s overthrow. Egyptian media, which is tightly managed, gave the information little consideration – just one newspaper, the privately owned Al-Masry Al-Youm, talked about him on its entrance web page.
However lots of of Muslim Brotherhood members took to the streets of Turkey’s capital and Istanbul, a few of them blaming Cairo authorities for the dying.
Different former allies of Mursi and opponents of Egypt’s present president, former military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, expressed their condolences on social media, some condemning the situations by which Mursi had been held.
Mursi died on Monday after collapsing in a Cairo courtroom whereas on trial on espionage fees, authorities and a medical supply stated. The 67-year-old had been in jail since being toppled after barely a yr in energy, following mass protests in opposition to his rule.
Mursi had been sentenced to greater than 40 years in jail in separate trials, together with for main an outlawed group, spying for international nation and terrorism.
He and different imprisoned Brotherhood leaders have rejected the rulings and denounced the trials as politically motivated to justify Mursi’s overthrow.
There was a heavy safety presence on Monday night time across the Cairo jail the place Mursi had been held and in Sharqiya, the place safety sources stated the inside ministry had declared a state of alert.
No important enhance in safety in central Cairo was noticeable on Tuesday morning.
Mursi’s dying is a delicate second for Egyptian authorities. Below Sisi, who as military chief led Mursi’s ouster, they’ve carried out a crackdown in opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood and its followers, however say the group presents a seamless safety menace.
The Brotherhood says it’s a non-violent motion.
The dying will enhance worldwide stress on the Egyptian authorities over its human rights file, particularly situations in prisons the place 1000’s of Islamists and secular activists are held.
Amnesty Worldwide referred to as for an investigation. A British parliamentary panel stated final yr that Mursi acquired insufficient medical therapy for his diabetes and liver sickness and was being saved in solitary confinement, which they warned may put his life in peril.
Egypt’s State Info Service, which liaises with the international media, stated Mursi had submitted his final official request to a courtroom concerning his well being situation in November 2017, asking to be handled at his personal expense. It stated the courtroom authorised the request, and that an official report from the identical yr discovered Mursi was in good well being however affected by diabetes.
Turkey’s president, Qatar’s emir and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas all paid tribute to Mursi and Iran expressed remorse over Mursi’s dying.
“With nice unhappiness and deep sorrow I acquired the information of the passing of Dr Mohamed Mursi. I ask God to just accept him together with his nice mercy,” stated former leftist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi.
“An unbiased and clear worldwide investigation have to be carried out to search out the reason for the dying,” stated Amr Darrag, ex-minister of planning and worldwide Cooperation below Mursi.
“The Egyptian folks gained’t let this crime move evenly even after some time,” he added.
Feedback from strange Egyptians have been polarized, with Brotherhood supporters expressing anger at his therapy and accusing opponents of “gloating” over his dying.
Yemeni Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman stated: “I mourn, for myself and all of the free folks of the world, the dying of nice striver within the path of freedom nice president Mohamed Mursi …. President Mursi has gone and Sisi, one of many curses that befell Egypt, has remained.”
Egyptian-born main Muslim Brotherhood cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi issued a press release mourning Mursi from his exile in Qatar, the place his presence has infuriated each Egypt and its Sunni Gulf allies.
Reporting Amina Ismail, Ali Abdelaty, Lilian Wagdy, Ahmed Tolba, and Babak Dehghanpisheh; Writing by Aidan Lewis and Sami Aboudi; Modifying by Samia Nakhoul and Andrew Heavens