Egypt's Morsi stops eating prison food

Egypt’s Morsi to be examined as he stops eating prison food over suspicions on food safety

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, wearing a red jumpsuit that designates he has been sentenced to death, inside a defendants cage in a makeshift courtroom in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, June 21, 2015.

Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi, who has been in prison for two years since he was ousted from power with a military coup, has stopped eating prison food because of suspicions over food safety, Egyptian state media reported on Saturday.

According to state news agency MENA, during the resumption of his trial, Morsi said the food that served to him on July 21 and 22 was going to lead to “a major crime.”

Following his statements, the court ordered for Morsi, who has diabetes, to be seen by two doctors.

MENA reported Morsi claiming his requests to bring food from outside the prison were denied by the officials.

On Saturday, the Cairo Criminal Court resumed hearing evidence in the so-called Qatar espionage trial of Morsi and ten others and adjourned it until Sunday for Morsi’s medical examination.

Morsi and 10 other defendants face charges of spying for Qatar and leaking the confidential reports to the Qatar military.

Morsi first appeared with the red uniform in a hearing on June 21, after he was sentenced to death with charges of murder and attempted murder during a mass jailbreak from Wadi al Natroun prison during Egypt’s 2011 revolution.

Egypt’s military officers, led by then military chief, now President Abdel Fattah el Sisi, deposed the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, with a coup and suspended the Constitution in June 2014.

Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the “Itihadeya” case in which he and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders were accused of killing 10 protesters and “exercising excessive power” outside the Itihadeya Palace in December, 2012.

At least 2,600 people were killed and almost 41,000 people arrested in violent crackdowns in the following 18 months after Morsi was deposed in July, 2013.

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