Egypt’s Morsi ‘too sick’ to attend trial

Egyptian deposed president Mohamed Morsi absent from espionage with Qatar trial due to serious health circumstances

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Cairo Criminal Court held at the Police Academy postponed the trial of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and 10 others, all belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood in the case known as "espionage with Qatar," for the August 2 session.

Morsi is not able to attend the trial, due to serious health problems, stemming from his diabetes. Prison doctors presented sufficient papers to the court proving Morsi’s deteriorating health conditions, and due to very low levels of blood sugar, prison doctors advised against his presence in court.

Further details could not be confirmed over the exact state of Morsi’s health, or whether or not he’s getting sufficient medical care he’s entitled to.

Court Judge Mohamed Sherine Fahmy, present at the trial, ratified the postponement of the trial as soon as it started, due to Morsi’s absence.

This is the first time Morsi drops a trial hearing, his health conditions were not discussed widely during his past trials, in which he received a death sentence, and a separate 25 years in prison.

Other Muslim Brotherhood leaders have died before in Egyptian prisons. The first senior Brotherhood leader to die was Farid Ismail, 58 years old, died on May 13 due to hepatic encephalopathy. 

Ismail’s family claim he had been denied hepatitis C medication and rushed late to a government run hospital.

Another leading Muslim Brotherhood member has also died in an Egyptian prison, Mohamed Falahgy died in Gamasa prison in northern Egypt. He was a former parliamentarian and Freedom and Justice Party leader.

Falahgy, who was also 58 years old, was denied liver disease medicine according to Ahmad Mofreh, a human rights activist.

According to Mofreh, this is the fourteenth inmate to die in an Egyptian prison and the second Brotherhood leader to die, due to medical negligence in May 2015 alone The total number of inmates who have died since 2013 is 265.

TRTWorld and agencies