Egpyt Accuses UN of Trying to Politicize Morsi's Sudden Courtroom Death

Egyptian Foreign Ministry slams the world body's human rights office, which called for a 'transparent investigation' into the ex-president's death

Supporters of the Pakistani religious party Jamaat-i-Islami, chant slogans for ousted former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Hyderabad, Pakistan, June 18, 2019
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Egypt says the UN human rights office is trying to politicize the death of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who collapsed inside a Cairo courtroom during his trial this week.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez on Wednesday denounced unacceptable comments by Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who called for a “prompt, impartial, thorough and transparent investigation” into Morsi’s death on Monday.

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Hafez says Colville’s “politicized and immature” remarks match those from a country exploiting Morsi’s death for political purposes — a likely reference to Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had close ties with Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement, has said he doesn’t believe Morsi died of natural causes.

Morsi, who hailed from the now outlawed Brotherhood, was buried Tuesday.