Ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has been quietly buried under heavy security in Cairo after his collapse and death in court, a lawyer said.
Mr Morsi’s family attended funeral prayers in the mosque of Cairo’s Tora prison before the burial at a cemetery in the city’s western district of Nasr City, said Abdul-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud, a member of his defence team.
Security agencies refused to allow Mr Morsi to be buried at the family’s cemetery in his hometown in Sharqia province, his son Ahmed said.
The 67-year-old, who was on trial for espionage charges, had addressed the room just minutes before fainting.
Speaking from the glass defendants cage, he told the court of the “many secrets” he harboured and could reveal.
State television later quoted an unnamed medical source as saying he had suffered a heart attack.
The hearing at the courthouse in Cairo’s Tura Prison on Monday was part of a re-trial for espionage charges relating to the Palestinian Hamas militant group.
A lawyer representing Mr Morsi said his client was “calm and organised” ahead of the hearing.
He said: “He summarised our argument in three to five minutes. He insisted on a special tribunal as he is the president of the republic.”
A statement from Egypt’s attorney general said surveillance cameras inside the court would be reviewed, and a post-mortem would be carried out.
Mr Morsi gained prominence as the leader of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group, before becoming Egypt’s first democratically elected president in July 2012.
He was ousted just a year later in a military coup led by Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who is Egypt’s current president, following weeks of huge anti-government protests across the North African nation.
The well-being of the former president, who has been detained since the coup, has repeatedly featured in the headlines.
His son Ahmed has previously spoken to media about the “severe deterioration” of his father’s health in prison, and said authorities had “ignored” his needs.
Mohammed Sudan, a member of the London branch of the Muslim Brotherhood group, said Mr Morsi’s death amounted to “premeditated murder”.
He said: “He has been placed behind glass cage [during trials].
“No one can hear him or know what is happening to him. He hasn’t received any visits for a months or nearly a year. He complained before that he doesn’t get his medicine. This is premeditated murder. This is slow death.”
Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch said the incident was “predictable” given authorities’ “failure” to provide necessary care.
The organisation pointed to a report that it had written two years earlier, which described the “cruel and inhumane” treatment Mr Morsi had received in detention.
It detailed “appalling conditions” that led to him losing weight, fainting, and experiencing a diabetic coma.
In a tweet on Monday, Amnesty International called for an investigation surrounding Mr Morsi’s sudden death, and the conditions he had faced in prison.
It said: “We call on Egyptian authorities to conduct an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Morsi’s death, including his solitary confinement and isolation from the outside world.”
As news broke of the death, condolence messages from Mr Morsi’s allies around the Arab world were quickly published.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Mr Morsi was a “brother” and a “martyr”, and sent his best wishes to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian population.
Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, also tweeted his condolences to Mr Morsi’s family and “brotherly Egyptian people”.
In a statement, Hamas praised the Egyptian as an “unforgettable and brave” leader, and referred to Mr Morsi’s role in easing restrictions placed on the Gaza Strip, which were initially put in place after the militant group took control in 2007.
‘Fraught with danger’: Ex-MI6 officer behind Russia dossier warns about discussing sources | US News
Former intelligence officer Christopher Steele has warned about the danger of discussing sources.
It comes after a US investigation published details about people who it said contributed to a dossier that he compiled on alleged Russian links to Donald Trump’s election campaign.
The long-serving veteran of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) also hit back at the findings of the investigation by the US Department of Justice’s inspector general, which were released on Monday.
The top complaint was on claims in the report about a “primary sub-source” that was allegedly relied upon by Mr Steele in his compilation of the so-called Trump dossier.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz – who was looking into the origins of an inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into the Russia suspicions – set out how the FBI had interviewed who they believed to be Mr Steele’s “primary sub-source” in January, March and May 2017.
His report claimed these interviews “raised significant questions about the reliability of the Steele election reporting”.
It continued: “During the FBI’s January interview, the primary sub-source told the FBI that he/she had not seen Steele’s reports until they became public that month, and that he/she made statements indicating that Steele misstated or exaggerated the Primary Sub-source’s statements in multiple sections of the reporting.”
Mr Steele and Orbis Business Intelligence – his private intelligence company – said in a statement that they were never given the opportunity to respond to these claims.
“Public discussions about a source are always fraught with danger for the source and the source’s sub-sources,” said the statement, released by their lawyers.
“Had Orbis been given the opportunity to respond in a private session, the statements by the ‘primary sub-source’ would be put in a very different light. The ‘primary sub-source’s’ debriefings by Orbis were meticulously documented and recorded”.
The former intelligence officer and his company also described how they had cooperated “voluntarily and fully” with Mr Horowitz’s during his inquiry.
“Orbis also provided the OIG (Office of the Inspector General) team unprecedented access to Orbis internal company documentation, including contemporaneous memoranda of meetings with the FBI,” they said in the statement.
They added that Mr Horowitz’s team did give Orbis redacted portions of a draft version of the report to review and offer comment on in advance of publication.
“Those portions contained numerous inaccurate and misleading statements as to which Orbis submitted suggested corrections and clarifications,” said the statement.
“Some of Orbis’s suggestions appear to be reflected in the final report.”
Mr Steele and his company then said that “at the twelfth hour late on Sunday evening” – they were told that previously redacted material had been unredacted and contained negative material about Mr Steele.
“Orbis was given no opportunity to review, much less comment, on this material,” they said.
“The result is that the OIG Report contains several serious errors and misstatements that require this response.”
In other criticisms of the report, Mr Steele and Orbis also denied a claim that he had been a Confidential Human Source (CHS) to the FBI during a relationship that started in 2010 and became a more formal contractual relationship between 2013 and 2016.
During that time Mr Steele, a Russia expert, provided information that helped the FBI in other Russia-linked investigations, including work on FIFA and athletics doping.
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
New Zealand volcano: Risky mission under way to recover bodies from White Island | World News
New Zealand’s military and police have begun a high-risk operation to recover the bodies of at least eight people killed on White Island after a volcanic eruption on Monday.
Authorities have faced growing pressure from families of the victims and the local community to bring back those who died as soon as possible.
New Zealand Police had previously refused to go in due to safety risks, as experts warn the island remains highly volatile.
RAF joins search for missing Chilean air force plane with 38 on board | World News
The RAF is helping search for a missing Chilean air force plane that had 38 people on board, the Ministry of Defence has said.
The C-130 Hercules, which was carrying 17 crew and 21 passengers, went missing less than two hours after taking off from the southern city of Punta Arenas on Monday afternoon.
It was flying over the notoriously turbulent area of Drake Passage and heading to Antarctica when contact was lost.
On Wednesday, the Chilean military asked the RAF for assistance and an A400M aircraft was deployed from the Falkland Islands.
A liaison team of military and civilian personnel was also sent.
The aircraft will carry out its first reconnaissance flight in support of the Chilean search effort on Thursday.
Teams will scan an area of roughly 70,000 square miles using planes, satellites and ships, including vessels from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and the US.
Debris from the aircraft was earlier believed to have been found floating in the water around 30km (18 miles) from its last known location.
Analysis of the debris, said to be “sponge” material, will take a few days but General Eduardo Mosqueira said it could be from the plane’s fuel tanks.
Met Office staff based in the Falkland Islands are providing weather information to the Chilean military as the search continues.
Ed Coleman, a pilot and expert from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona, said the route was treacherous because of rapidly changing weather in the Antarctic.
He explained: “You can have a clear sky one minute, and in a short time later storms can be building up making it a challenge, which causes bigger swells and rougher air.”
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