Morsi’s death could amount to an arbitrary assassination (UN experts)

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who died in June during a trial hearing, could be tantamount to an “arbitrary assassination with the consent of the state,” UN experts said Friday.

The experts said in a statement that Morsi was imprisoned “in conditions that can only be described as brutal, especially during his five years in the prison (Tora).”

The group of experts, who worked under the auspices of the Special Rapporteur Agnès Kalamar and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, added that Morsi’s death, “after living under these circumstances, could amount to an arbitrary assassination with the consent of the state.”

The former Egyptian president, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the first civilian to take over the presidency in his country after his democratically elected, died during his trial in a court in Cairo.

Morsi, who has been in custody since his isolation in July 2013, has spent nearly six years in solitary confinement while being denied care for “diabetes and high blood pressure,” experts said.

They pointed out that the authorities had been “repeatedly warned” of the deterioration of Morsi’s health, which led to his “death.”

“There is no evidence that (the authorities) responded to the concerns,” they said in the statement.

The Group of Experts warned of the dangers posed to thousands of detainees in light of the failure of the authorities in the medical field.

The report was welcomed by Minister of International Cooperation under Morsi Amr Darraj and said that “the investigation is an important step towards holding such regimes accountable for their actions.”

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