CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s former president Mohamed Mursi was buried in a restricted household ceremony in Cairo early on Tuesday, a day after he suffered a deadly coronary heart assault in court docket, his son stated, as tributes poured in on social media.
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 subsequent to the graves of different main members of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, Ahmed Mursi stated in a Fb submit.
“We washed his noble physique at Tora jail hospital, learn prayers for him on the jail hospital”, Ahmed wrote. Authorities had refused to let the household bury Mursi in his residence province of Sharqiya within the Nile Delta, Ahmed added.
Mursi died on Monday after collapsing in a Cairo court docket whereas on trial on espionage costs, 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 towards his rule.
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.
There was no noticeable improve in safety in central Cairo on Tuesday morning. Egyptian media, which is tightly managed, gave the information little consideration.
Mursi’s dying is prone to improve worldwide strain on the Egyptian authorities over its human rights report, particularly circumstances in prisons the place 1000’s of Islamists and secular activists are held.
Additionally it is a delicate second for Egyptian authorities. Below President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who as military chief led Mursi’s ouster, they’ve performed a relentless crackdown towards the Muslim Brotherhood and its followers, however say the group presents a unbroken safety risk.
The Brotherhood says it’s a non-violent motion.
Simply one of many main each day newspapers, the privately owned Al-Masry Al-Youm, put the story on its entrance web page, with different newspapers ignoring the information or carrying a small merchandise on inside pages with no point out that Mursi had been president.
Former allies of Mursi and opponents of Sisi expressed their condolences in social media posts, some condemning the circumstances wherein Mursi had been held.
“With nice unhappiness and deep sorrow I obtained 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.
Turkey’s president, Qatar’s emir and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas all paid tribute to him and Iran expressed remorse over Mursi’s dying.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran, whereas respecting the views of the good and courageous nation of Egypt, affords its sympathies over the dying of Dr. Mohamed Morsi to the Egyptian individuals, his household and his family members,” a press release from the overseas ministry’s spokesman stated.
Reporting By Ali Abdelaty, Lilian Wagdy, Ahmed Tolba and Babak Dehghanpisheh; Writing by Aidan Lewis and Sami Aboudi; Modifying by Andrew Heavens