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Egypt: Morsi has fainted twice in prison

Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, wearing an orange uniform while in prison on 18th August 2016 [Anadolu Agency/Facebook]
Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, wearing an orange uniform while in prison [Anadolu Agency/Facebook]

The son of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted in a military coup in July 2013, warned that his father was not in good health during a court session yesterday.

Morsi appeared in court over the alleged storming of a prison in 2011 amid the popular uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. The court postponed the trial to 6 July.

Morsi’s son, Abdullah, wrote in a post on Facebook that the former president tried to speak to the judges during the trial but they did not allow him, so he eventually complained to other defendants standing with him in the courtroom cage that he has fainted twice and experienced a complete diabetic coma since his family visited him in prison on 4 June.

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According to the Facebook post, the former president has not been able to access the necessary medical care. He has asked his lawyers to file a complaint to the prosecutor general requesting that necessary measures be taken.

Morsi’s family visited him in prison on Sunday for the first time after a four-year ban. The visit came after the international community, most notably the United Nations, urged Egypt to allow family visits to the former president and to give him his rights while in custody in accordance with international laws and conventions.

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