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Morsi not receiving medical treatment in prison, supporters say

Muslim Brotherhood calls on UN to push for proper medical treatment for Morsi, whose health is deteriorating
Morsi's lawyer and family say he told them he experienced two diabetic comas this month (AFP)

The life of imprisoned former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is in danger because of his deteriorating health and lack of treatment, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Muslim Brotherhood leader Morsi, 65, was elected in 2012, then toppled by the military a year later after protests against his rule. He was immediately detained and later sentenced to 20 years in jail.

"We have filed a complaint today with the public prosecutor asking for an investigation into the medical negligence [Morsi] is facing," said lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud.

Morsi's lawyer and family say he told them he experienced two diabetic comas this month and did not receive proper treatment in prison. He is demanding to be moved to a private hospital at his own expense.

Former president Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted by a popular uprising in 2011 and subsequently arrested and tried, spent most of his incarceration in a military hospital because of his poor health. He eventually was freed.

Sources at Egypt's prisons authority confirmed Morsi experienced a diabetic coma recently, but denied he was being mistreated. They said he received the required treatment.

A Reuters special report showed in 2015 that more than a hundred prisoners have died of medical neglect since the military takeover in 2013, most of them Islamists.

The Muslim Brotherhood called on the United Nations and other international organisations to push for proper medical treatment for Morsi and other prisoners.

"Everyone must move quickly to save president Morsi's life and those of all detainees who are being deliberately killed. We hold the military coup fully responsible for all their lives," the Brotherhood said in a statement.

The Egyptian Revolutionary Council (ERC), an anti-coup organisation, also called on the United Nations and Western governments to force Cairo to provide adequate medical care for the ex-president.

“The revolutionary council warns the coup authorities in Egypt against compromising the health of the president of the republic Mohamed Morsi and emphasises that the coup authorities will bear the legal and political consequences for any harm to Dr Morsi,” the group said in a statement. 

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