Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 23 September 2019

Son of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi dies, aged 25

Abdullah Morsi died of a suspected heart attack

Son of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, 25-year-old Abdullah Morsi, died of a heart attack in Cairo on Sept 4, 2019. AP
Son of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, 25-year-old Abdullah Morsi, died of a heart attack in Cairo on Sept 4, 2019. AP

The youngest son of Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi has died after an apparent heart attack, security officials said on Thursday. Abdullah Morsi was 25.

The officials said Morsi was travelling in a car with a friend on Wednesday night in Cairo when he suddenly became ill. He was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital, they said.

His death came less than three months after his father collapsed and died in a courtroom in Cairo on June 17.

Morsi was a stalwart of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group when elected president in 2012.

He was removed from power by the military in July 2013 amid a wave of mass street protests against the Brotherhood and his divisive rule.

The general who led Morsi's overthrow under popular pressure was Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the defence minister who was elected president a year later.

Mr El Sisi was re-elected last year for a second term, while Morsi was jailed from the day of his removal until his death in June.

He faced trials over charges ranging from espionage and aiding foreign powers to insulting the judiciary and ordering the killing of protesters in late 2012.

Abdullah Morsi was convicted in July 2014 of the illegal possession of drugs. He was sentenced to a year in prison.

Last year, he was summoned for questioning by the office of the country’s top prosecutor for spreading false news. He was released on bail.

Morsi earlier made comments to foreign media in which he complained bitterly about his late father’s prison conditions and inadequate medical care.

He also complained about how few family visits his father was allowed in jail. The late leader had three sons and a daughter.

Updated: September 6, 2019 01:02 AM

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