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Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi buried in Cairo

Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi, 67, was Tuesday  buried in Cairo, the Capital of  Egypt, his lawyer has said.

Moneim Abdel Maksoud Medinat Nasr said Morsi was buried in Eastern Cairo, with his family present.

Morsi reportedly collapsed in a courtroom and died, Egyptian State TV said Monday.

Egyptian State TV said the cause of death was a heart attack. However, the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi’ party,  said the death was a “full-fledged murder”.

Activists and his family had long said Morsi was not receiving treatment for serious health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and was constantly being held in solitary confinement.

Last month, his family said authorities had repeatedly denied access to him and that they knew little about the state of his health. During his time in prison, Morsi was allowed only three visits from relatives and was denied access to his lawyers or a doctor, according to human rights group,  Amnesty International.

Morsi reportedly collapsed moments after addressing the court in Cairo over charges of espionage related to suspected contacts with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which had close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

He spoke for some five minutes from a soundproof glass cage which officials said was designed to prevent him from disrupting proceedings.

He  was pronounced dead in hospital at 16:50 local time (14:50 GMT) and an initial report showed no signs of recent injuries on the body, Egypt’s public prosecutor said.

His son Abdullah  had Monday told Reuters that he did not know the location of the body and that authorities were refusing to allow Morsi to be buried in his native Nile Delta province of Sharqiya.

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