Turkey’s Erdogan Attends Prayers for Egypt’s Ex-President Morsi
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended an Istanbul prayer service for former Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi, who died after collapsing during a trial hearing in a Cairo court.
Former Egyptian President Morsi, the country’s first democratically-elected head of state who was later ousted from power, was buried Tuesday after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courthouse Monday.
A member of Morsi’s defense team said family members attended funeral prayers in the mosque of Cairo’s Tora prison, which was followed by the burial at a cemetery in the Egyptian capital’s eastern district of Nasr City.
Morsi’s son Ahmed said security agencies refused to allow Morsi to be buried at the family’s cemetery in his hometown in Sharqia province, and instead had him interred at a Cairo cemetery for prominent Islamists.