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Former leader of Muslim Brotherhood Mahdi Akef dies at 89

Former leader of Muslim Brotherhood Mahdi Akef dies at 89

A former leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, Mahdi Akef, who had been detained since 2013, has died of complications from cancer and other health issues at age 89, a Brotherhood spokesman said.

Talaat Fahmy said Akef's family had requested he be released from custody because of his medical condition but the request was declined by an Egyptian court. He said Akef, whose death was announced Friday, had cancer, heart problems and a broken thigh.

"The Egyptian court has refused to release him and he...

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