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Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader dies in jail


Mansoura: A senior leader of Egypt's Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement, Safwat Khalil, has died in jail in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, according to reports from the region.

Khalil, 59, who had cancer, died in custody Thursday shortly after a court ruling that ordered his release and that of 48 members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Khalil's death in prison was confirmed by the Muslim Brotherhood which accused Egyptian authorities of "reluctance" to release Khalil even after the court order.

He was due to be freed Saturday after being arrested last month along with scores of Brotherhood supporters on charges of inciting violence and possession of weapons.

Khalil's health had recently deteriorated, especially after he was taken to court in a police van instead of an ambulance, according to one of his lawyers.

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