Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganon said his close ally, Mohamed Morsi, was “killed” and accused Egyptian authorities of failing to intervene to save the ex-president.

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 Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, ousted Morsi in 2013. Sisi then became president.

Erdoganhas sharply denounced the military takeover in Egypt and called it a “coup”.

On Wednesday, he said he would follow up on the process related to Morsi’s death.

The attorney general’s office in Egypt has said that Morsi was “transported immediately to the hospital”, where medics pronounced him dead — a version confirmed by a judicial source.

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.

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