Thousands of mourners yesterday took part in prayers for former Egyptian leader, Mohamed Morsi in Turkey, a day following the death Egyptian leader who collapsed and died in a courtroom in Egypt. Mourners packed into mosques and centers in Ankara and Diyabakir to offer prayers in absentia for Morsi, who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

 
Morsi won Egypt’s first democratic election in 2012 before he was deposed by the Egyptian military, and subsequently taken to prison. Morsi has been standing trial since then for allegations of corruption and other criminal charges

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is a strong ally of Mohamed Morsi believes that Morsi’s death was unnatural. The Turkish leader stated this in Istanbul, where thousands of Muslim faithful have gathered to offer prayers for Morsi. Erdogan called Morsi a “martyr” and blamed Egypt’s “tyrants” for his death.

“I don’t believe that this was a normal death,” Erdogan said. “They are so cowardly that they could not even deliver his body to his family,”

The Turkish president also denounced the Egyptian authorities for burying Morsi discreetly, with only a small number of family members and confidants present.

In Egypt, a small ceremony was held Tuesday to bury Morsi in a cemetery in the east of the capital Cairo after his family had earlier requested for a public burial in his hometown which was denied by the Egyptian government

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