Turkey holds funeral prayers across the country for Morsi

Turkey's top religious body on Tuesday is holding funeral prayers in absentia in mosques across the country for former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who died on Monday.

The head of the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) Ali Erbaş is set to lead the prayers at capital Ankara’s Hacı Bayram Mosque, state-run Anadolu News Agency reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will attend a symbolic prayer held in Istanbul's Fatih Mosque, Anadolu said.

Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, Morsi died Monday after collapsing during a court appearance on espionage charges.

The 67-year-old former leader of the now-banned Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement was ousted and imprisoned in 2013, following a military coup led by current President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi.

The jailed former leader was facing an array of charges in multiple court cases.

Erdoğan, known for his close ties to Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood Movement, has said Morsi's ouster was a "coup" and called for the release of Muslim Brotherhood prisoners in Egypt. 

The Turkish president has also sought to provide a safe haven for persecuted members of the movement since the July 2013 overthrow of the Morsi.