Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi died on Monday, after a court appearance, according to Egypt’s national television.
Mohamed Morsi was elected president of Egypt in 2012, following the Arab spring, thus becoming Egypt’s first democratically elected president. Morsi was overthrown in 2013 and replaced by al-Sissi. The 67-year-old former president started serving a seven-year prison sentence for various charges.
Critics blamed the poor conditions he had been facing in jail for the past six years. They said that the former president had suffered from neglect and been denied medical treatment for his diabetes, high blood pressure and liver disease. He was confined in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and was able to see his family only 3 times in 6 years.
“I think there is a very strong case to be made that this was criminal negligence, deliberate malfeasance in providing Morsi basic prisoner rights,” Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director for the Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch, talking to the New York Times on Monday.
BREAKING – #Egypt news says only democratically elected Pres #Morsy has died in prison after stroke. This is terrible but ENTIRELY predictable, given govt failure to allow him adequate medical care, much less family visits. @hrw was just finalizing a report on his health.
— Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1) June 17, 2019