Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi dies in court, state TV says

FILE Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi gives a press conference in Cairo

Ousted former Egyptian Islamist president Mohamed Mursi died on Monday after he fainted in court following a hearing, state television reported.

The state TV said the 67-year-old Morsi was attending a session in his trial on espionage charges when he blacked out and died.

Morsi became Egypt's first democratically elected president in 2012, one year after the Arab Spring uprising saw the end of President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

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Several hundred innocent civilians were brutally killed by the army immediately after the coup had ousted Morsi.

Since being overthrown, prosecutors in Egypt has sought the death penalty for the crimes Mr Morsi had been charged with.

A court in Egypt had sentenced the deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to death for over a mass prison break in 2011. This is premediated murder.

The Muslim Brotherhood protested against the military coup, but the pro-Morsi protests were crushed in the Rabaa massacre in August 2013, when more than 800 people were killed. Rights groups have side its poor conditions fall far below Egyptian and global standards.

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