UN Secretary-General António Guterres has defended the organisation’s call for an independent and transparent investigation into the death of former Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi.
The deputy spokesman for the UN chief, Haq Farhan, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that Mr Guterres “stands by what the UN has said”.
Mr Farhan was responding to NAN’s request for the secretary general’s reaction after Egypt accused the UN of attempting to politicise Mr Morsi’s death.
Mr Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president overthrown by the military in 2013 after one year in office, collapsed in a courtroom and died on Monday.
Reports by state media say the 67-year-old former leader, who was standing trial for espionage charges, collapsed shortly after addressing the court in Cairo.
The UN through its High Commissioner for Human Rights, joined a wave of calls for a “thorough and transparent investigation” into the incident.
Still on the foreign scene, Iran shot down a US drone with a surface-to-air missile, raising fears that a major military confrontation could erupt between Tehran and Washington in the Gulf.
While the elite Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) force said the American aircraft was brought down after flying into Iranian airspace, US officials said the drone was in international territory at the time.
The different accounts couldn’t be immediately reconciled.