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Ex-President gets 3rd visit since Egypt coup: Lawyer

Visit came one day after a Cairo court ordered a medical checkup for former president

15.11.2017
Ex-President gets 3rd visit since Egypt coup: Lawyer FILE PHOTO - Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi

By Hussein Qabbani

CAIRO

Egypt’s first freely elected president Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted and imprisoned following a military coup in 2013, was visited by his defense lawyers on Tuesday, the third visit since his ouster, according to his lawyer.

“Security agencies have allowed us to visit Morsi for 75 minutes at his prison,” Abdul Moneim Abdul Maqsood told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

He declined to give details about the content of his talks with Morsi. 

There was no official statement issued by Egyptian authorities about the visit.

Tuesday’s visit was the third by his defense lawyer since Morsi was removed from power by the military in 2013.

The visit came one day after a Cairo court ordered a medical checkup for the former president during a trial session on mass jailbreak charges against him.

Morsi is currently serving a 20-year jail term for “killing protesters”.

The former president is also standing trial on several charges ranging from mass jailbreak to espionage.

Morsi, along with all of his co-defendants, insists that the charges are politically motivated.

Since Morsi’s overthrow, Egyptian authorities launched a relentless crackdown on dissent, killing hundreds of Morsi supporters and detaining thousands.

*Marwa Mohamed contributed to this story from Ankara

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