Former Egyptian President Mursi buried in Cairo

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi has been buried alongside other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, his son, Ahmed Mursi, said on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

People perform funeral prayer in absentia for former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (Photo: Anadolu Agency)

People perform funeral prayer in absentia for former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (Photo: Anadolu Agency)

The burial was attended by members of the family in Cairo’s Nasr City after authorities refused burial in Mursi’s home province of Sharqiya in the Nile Delta, Ahmed Mursi said.

“We washed his noble body at Tora prison hospital, read prayers for him at the prison hospital … and the burial was at the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guides,” Ahmed wrote.

Mursi died on Monday from a heart attack after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges, authorities and a medical source said.

Morsi, who was 67, had been in custody since his removal from office in 2013.

Morsi, a top figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, had been in jail since being toppled by the military in 2013 after barely a year in power, following mass protests against his rule.

His death is likely to pile international pressure on the Egyptian government over its human rights record, especially conditions in prisons where thousands of Islamic clerics and activists are held.

Meanwhile, his lawyer told a news agency reporter that the former leader had been buried in eastern Cairo early on Tuesday morning with his family present.

Human rights groups, who had criticised the conditions in which he was kept, have called for an impartial investigation into his death.

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His family and activists had repeatedly raised concerns about his health and the amount of time he was kept in solitary confinement, away from visits by lawyers and family.

His son, Abdullah Mohamed Morsi, had said on Monday that Egyptian authorities had denied a family request for a public funeral in his hometown.

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