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Egypt's former president Morsi drops dead in court, state TV reports

Nehal El-Sherif and Walid Zaki, DPA on

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CAIRO -- Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi collapsed in court on Monday and died, state television reported.

His body was taken to a hospital.

Morsi became Egypt's first democratically elected president in 2012, one year after an uprising forced long-time leader Hosny Mubarak out of power.

In mid-2013, Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood group, was ousted by the military following mass protests against his rule.

He had faced several trials since then.

Monday's session was part of a trial in which he was facing treason charges for allegedly leaking secret state documents to Qatar while he was in office.

 

The Ministry of Interior declared a state of maximum alert in the country after the announcement.

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