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Not the verdict he hoped for -- Ousted Egyptian President Morsi 'collapses and dies in court'

Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi has collapsed during a court session and died, state TV said.

The 67-year-old - the country's first democratically elected president - is said to have fainted during a hearing where he faced espionage charges.

Morsi served as the fifth President of Egypt between June 2012 and July 2013, when he was removed by a coup.

Following his removal from office, he faced a string of serious charges, including inciting the killing of his opponents.

He was sentenced to death on espionage, a prison break, and terrorism charges in May 2015, but this was overturned the following year.

Concerns were repeatedly raised about the conditions in which he was kept imprisoned, with his family telling Human Rights Watch in 2017 that he had fallen into a diabetic coma and fainted twice.

The activist group's Middle East director tweeted after news of Morsi's death broke that it was "terrible but entirely predictable" given the government "failure to allow him adequate medical care, much less family visits". ...

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