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Turkey blames Egypt for ‘killing’ Morsi

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"Mohammed Morsi was on the ground of courtroom flailing for 20 minutes. No official there intervened. Morsi did not (die) naturally, he was killed.”

Supporters join Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who attended funeral prayers in absentia for ousted former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul. Picture: Emrah Gurel/AP

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed that former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi did not die of natural causes but that he was killed.

During a speech in Istanbul, Erdogan cited as evidence that the deposed Egyptian president allegedly “flailed” in a Cairo courtroom for 20 minutes on Monday and nobody assisted him.

The Turkish leader said yesterday: “Unfortunately, Mohammed Morsi was on the ground of courtroom flailing for 20 minutes. No official there intervened. Morsi did not (die) naturally, he was killed.”

Erdogan said Turkey would do everything in its power to ensure Egypt faced trial in Morsi’s death. He also called on the Islamic Co-operation Organisation to “take the necessary action” over Morsi’s death. AP