Morsi was deposed in a 2013 military coup carried out by current President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi following a year in power [File: Ahmed Omar/AP]
An independent panel of United Nations experts has said the death of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi in June could amount to “a state-sanctioned arbitrary killing”.
“Morsi was held in conditions that can only be described as brutal, particularly during his five-year detention in the Tora prison complex,” a statement from the office of the UN high commissioner for human rights said.
His death “after enduring those conditions could amount to a state-sanctioned arbitrary killing”, the statement added.
Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, died on June 17 while standing trial for charges that he and legal observers said were politically motivated.