CAIRO: A total of 60 doctors who work at the Forensic Medicine Authority have been accused of having affiliations with the Muslim Brotherhood and of tampering with the authority’s reports used at courts, Youm7 reported Sunday.
Investigations reported that the majority of the said doctors were appointed during the presidency of Mohamed Morsi and his Minister of Justice Ahmed Suleiman. The regime of the Muslim Brotherhood was largely accused of promoting and appointing people loyal to the Islamist group, rather than qualified candidates.
The doctors have also participated in anti-military protests and were part of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, Youm7 reported. The alleged Facebook pages of some of these doctors indicate their demands for the reinstatement of Morsi.
Judicial sources told Youm7 that these doctors affect the course of lawsuits and their speed, claiming they tampered with the reports of several “decisive murder cases” through manipulating the cause of death and lab results.
The Ministry of Justice, to which the Forensic Medicine Authority belongs, has not disclosed further details on alleged manipulation incidents in its ongoing investigations.
The investigations began after former Forensic Medicine Authority spokesperson Hisham Abdel Hameed told Sada Elbalad channel in March “many Brotherhood-affiliated forensic doctors” assume “sensitive positions” at the authority.
However, Abdel Hameed was fired a few days later. He had also stated that activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, who was killed during the fourth anniversary of the January 25 revolution, died of a light kind of birdshot because she was “too thin.”
The investigated doctors include the son of Ahmed Suleiman, the cousin of former Prime Minister Hesham Qandeel, and other members of the Brotherhood or its dissolved Freedom and Justice Party.
They belonged to departments such as DNA profiling, counterfeiting, and the chemical lab.
One of the controversial doctors included in the list is Tarek al-Guindy, the head of the planning department who is responsible for all promotions at the authority.