Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed Egyptian authorities for the death of his ally and former president Mohammed Morsi.
Morsi died on Monday after collapsing during a trial session in court. But at a funeral service held in his honour at an Istanbul mosque, Erdogan said he doesn’t believe that the late former president died of natural causes.
Edrogan said: “Morsi was struggling on the floor in the courtroom for 20 minutes. Authorities, unfortunately, did not intervene to save him,” Erdogan said during a televised speech in Istanbul.
“Morsi was killed, he did not die of natural causes,” he added.
The Turkish president also criticized authorities in Egypt for not allowing Morsi to be buried at his family’s cemetery in his hometown.
He has also vowed to follow up on the process related to Morsi’s death, saying “We will do whatever is needed for Egypt to be tried in international courts.”
Erdogan forged close ties with Morsi, Egypt’s first civilian president and a prominent Muslim Brotherhood member. But Ankara’s relations with Cairo ties deteriorated after the Egyptian military, then led by current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Morsi was buried on Tuesday, as rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called for an independent probe into the causes of his death.