Turkish leader says Egypt’s Morsi was ‘killed,’ vows justice
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Turkish leader says Egypt’s Morsi was ‘killed,’ vows justice

Erdogan, a close ally of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, charges that former president ‘did not die of natural causes’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses mourners as he attends a symbolic funeral ceremony for the former Egyptian president on June 18, 2019, at Fatih mosque in Istanbul. (Stringer/AFP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses mourners as he attends a symbolic funeral ceremony for the former Egyptian president on June 18, 2019, at Fatih mosque in Istanbul. (Stringer/AFP)

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said his close ally Mohammed 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,” Erdogan said during a televised speech in Istanbul.

“Morsi was killed, he did not die of natural causes.”

Erdogan forged close ties with Morsi, Egypt’s first civilian president and a prominent Muslim Brotherhood member.

But Ankara’s relations with Cairo ties deteriorated after the Egyptian military, then led by Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, ousted Morsi in 2013. Sissi then became president.

People hold a picture of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi during a symbolic funeral ceremony on June 18, 2019 at the Fatih mosque in Istanbul. (AFP)

Erdogan has sharply denounced the military takeover in Egypt and called it a “coup.”

On Wednesday, he said he would follow up on the process related to Morsi’s death. “We will do whatever is needed for Egypt to be tried in international courts.”

The attorney general’s office in Egypt has said that Morsi was “transported immediately to the hospital,” where medics pronounced him dead — a version confirmed by a judicial source.

Morsi was buried on Tuesday, as rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called for an independent probe into the causes of his death.

Erdogan on Tuesday joined a prayer service at an Istanbul mosque for the former Egyptian leader.

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