On Monday, Syrian activists and intellectuals mourned former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who Egyptian television announced had died during a court session after spending years in prison.
Syrian writer Omar Kaddour mourned Morsi on his Facebook page and said: “Whether we liked him or not, he was a president elected in democratic elections, while the man who occupies the presidency now is grubby intelligence man. Rest in peace, President Mohammed Morsi.”
The researcher Obeidah Amer said on Twitter: “They were the first steps of hope in the history of the east, cursed by oil and geopolitics, with all its stumbling and laughter—and they became its last. The spring chose him and he was killed by the children of autumn. God rest you, Morsi, and curse those who killed you.”
The journalist Wael al-Tamimi mourned Morsi on his Facebook page, saying: “President Mohamed Morsi died a prisoner, alone, oppressed, and tried without any rights. Even during his long dark prison nights, he was a thorn in the side of his captors.”
He added: “He was a symbol of their illegitimacy, and one of the victims of the great conspiracy against Jan. 25, 2011… You don’t need to be from the Muslim Brotherhood to sympathize with this man. God rest the wronged president, Mohamed Morsi.”
The head of the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Fadl Abdel Ghani said on Twitter that: “Mohamed Morsi died at the hands of the Sisi regime … President Morsi was arrested in good health. The responsibility for caring for the prisoner’s health is the duty of those who arrested him—and that’s Sisi. Medical neglect is a form of torture and a violation of international law. An investigation should be opened and the Egyptian people informed of the result.”
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