Egypt on Wednesday accused the UN of wanting to “politicize” the death of Mohamed Morsi, in response to a request by the UN human rights office for a “thorough and independent” investigation into the death of the former Islamist president Monday.
In a statement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez denounced “in the strongest terms” the UN demand after the death of the ex-president in the middle of the court. a “deliberate attempt to politicize a case of natural death”.
Tribute abroad In Turkey, the government supports the Muslim Brotherhood and thousands of people participated in a collective prayer in memory of Morsi in Istanbul.
The day before, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called him a “martyr”, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, expressing “his deep sadness” and Iran regretting “an unfortunate death”.
Born out of the brotherhood of the Muslim Brotherhood, banned in Egypt, Mohamed Morsi had been the first and only democratically elected civilian president in that country, after the 2011 Arab Spring that initially led to President Hosni Mubarak.
But in a country where opposition has been severely repressed, few people openly commented on the death of the former head of state.
The burial took place on Tuesday night, in the Cairo district of Medinat Nasr (east) cordoned off by police officers.