Forensic medicine spox investigated after suggesting lack of fat killed activist
Shaimaa al-Sabbagh - YOUM7/Islam Osama

CAIRO: Forensic Medicine Authority spokesperson Hesham Abdel Hameed is under investigation after making controversial statements Saturday regarding several high-profile cases, including suggesting that birdshot fired at Shaimaa al-Sabbagh killed her because she was “too thin,” Youm7 reported.

Mahmoud Ali, the head of the authority, submitted a complaint against Abdel Hameed, accusing him of divulging technical secrets of lawsuits and being interviewed on TV “without his permission.”

In Abdel Hameed’s hour and a half interview with Sada Elbalad channel, the statement that was heavily shared on social media was that about the fatal shooting of activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh on the fourth anniversary of the revolution earlier this year.

The spokesperson said a non-fatal kind of birdshot was used in Sabbagh’s case, but she was killed because she was “too thin.” After the Forensic Medicine Authority was heavily criticized for its reports on Sabbagh and Gendy, he appeared in the interview with pictures of birdshot wounds and detailing injuries sustained in such cases and cases of car accidents.

The Ministry of Justice, to which the authority belongs, summoned Abdel Hameed Monday morning, as Ali claimed the spokesperson belittled his own scientific proficiency, as well as that of the committee formed to investigate the death of activist Mohamed el-Gendy.

The anti-Muslim Brotherhood activist was found dead after the second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution in 2013. He was believed to have been killed by the police, but the forensic medicine report stated he died in a car accident.

The ministry announced extensive investigations into the authenticity of the statements of Abdel Hamid, who claimed there are many Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated forensic doctors at the authority, as is the case at “several other government agencies.”

Refusing to reveal the identities of the claimed doctors, Abdel Hameed said they assume “sensitive positions.”

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