Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Mohamed Morsi was ‘killed’

Wednesday - 19/06/2019 11:39
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacts as he attends funeral prayers in absentia for ousted former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul. Picture: APSource:AP
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacts as he attends funeral prayers in absentia for ousted former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul. Picture: APSource:AP
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blasted Egyptian authorities for not trying to save the life of his close ally Mohamed Morsi.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his close ally Mohamed Morsi was “killed” and accused Egyptian authorities of failing to intervene to save the ex-president.

“Morsi was struggling on the floor in the courtroom for 20 minutes. Authorities unfortunately did not intervene to save him,” Mr Erdogan said during a televised speech in Istanbul. “Morsi was killed, he did not die of natural causes.”

 
Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi stands behind the bars during his trial in Cairo. Picture: AFP
Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi stands behind the bars during his trial in Cairo. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

 

The president said Turkey would do everything in its power to ensure Egypt faces trial in Morsi’s death.

He also called on the Islamic Cooperation Organisation to “take the necessary action” over Morsi’s death.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Picture: AFP
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

 

 
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Picture: EPA
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Picture: EPASource:Supplied

 

Egypt accused the UN human rights office of trying to politicise Morsi’s death. The former Egyptian President collapsed inside a Cairo courtroom during his trial this week.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez denounced as unacceptable comments by Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who called for a “prompt, impartial, thorough and transparent investigation” into Morsi’s death on Monday.
 

Supporters join Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who attends funeral prayers in absentia for ousted former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, in the poster, at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul. Picture: AP
Supporters join Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who attends funeral prayers in absentia for ousted former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, in the poster, at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul. Picture: APSource:AP

 

Mr Hafez saysMr Colville’s “politicised and immature” remarks match those from a country exploiting Morsi’s death for political purposes — a likely reference to Turkey.

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