Egyptian ex-president Morsi was ‘killed’, says Erdogan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said his close ally Mohamed 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 al-Sisi, ousted Morsi in 2013. Sisi then became president.

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.”

Source:AFP

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