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Morsi’s death a state-sanctioned ‘arbitrary killing’ – UN

Egypt’s embattled president, Morsi dies during trial

The United Nations has declared that the death of former Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi, who died in prison last June could amount to “a state-sanctioned arbitrary killing.”

Morsi was held in conditions that can only be described as brutal, particularly during his five-year detention in the Tora prison complex,” a statement from the office of the UN high commissioner for human rights said.

“His death after enduring those conditions could amount to state-sanctioned arbitrary killing,” the statement added.

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Morsi, who belonged to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was overthrown in a 2013 military coup led by current President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi following a year in power.

The former Egyptian leader died while still standing trial for charges legal observers said were politically motivated.

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