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Mohammed Morsi: UN Calls For Probe Of Ex-Egyptian President's Death

Mohammed Morsi: UN Calls For Probe Of Ex-Egyptian President's Death

His former party, the Muslim Brotherhood and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a close ally of Morsi, are among those who have blamed the Egyptian leadership for his death. "Authorities unfortunately did not intervene to save him", Mr Erdogan said during a televised speech in Istanbul.

Morsi, 67, was elected president in 2012 in the country's first free elections following the ouster of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

"We, as Turkey, will follow this issue and do everything possible for Egypt to be tried in worldwide courts for Mursi's death", he said, calling on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to take action towards this end.

Morsi died while appearing in court on spying charges.

Echoing the non-governmental organization (NGO) Amnesty International in a Twitter post on Tuesday, the United Nations human rights office declared, "There must be a thorough independent inquiry into the circumstances of former President #Morsi's death".

"Late #MohamedMorsi had faults during his presidency, but the American, #Saudi & #Emirati actions against the civilized & faithful Egyptians as well as his suspicious death are regrettable and need to be taken into account".

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"We offer deep condolences to the family and people of Egypt".

Mohamed Morsi's almost year-long rule over Egypt was far from ideal; there was criticism he was going too fast where the implementation of his Islamist-rooted agenda was concerned, and there was genuine public discontent.

He was buried on Tuesday, a day after he died. His family have long raised concerns over his treatment in prison and say that the authorities refused a request to bury him in his home town.

An Egyptian judicial official told the Associated Press that Morsi had just addressed the court, speaking from the glass cage he is kept in during sessions and warning that he had "many secrets" he could reveal before collapsing minutes later.

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a statement calling for a thorough independent inquiry into the circumstances of Morsi's death, including the conditions of his detention. "He also did not have proper access to lawyers and his family, which he has a right to as a prisoner", said the spokesman.

Egypt's state information service later said Whitson's statements were "nothing but false claims" that reaffirm what it called HRW's tradition of "circulating lies".