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Police birdshot killed activist El-Shabagh because 'she was too skinny': Egypt forensic spokesman

Forensic medicine authority spokesman said birdshot killed activist Shaimaa El-Sabagh because she 'had no fats' to stand between shot and her heart and lungs, describing her death as an 'extremely rare case'

Ahram Online , Sunday 22 Mar 2015
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32-year-old mother Shaimaa el-Sabbagh holds a poster during a protest in downtown CairoJan 24, 2015 photo, (Photo: AP)
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An Egyptian leftist activist shot by police with birdshot in January died "because she was too skinny," a spokesman for the forensic medicine authority said on Saturday.

Hisham Abdel-Hamid said that the 33-year-old Shaimaa El-Shabagh had "no fats, so [birdshot] particles easily penetrated into her heart and lungs causing her death."

"She was not supposed to die…this is an extremely rare case," Abdel-Hamid told a news show on private television channel Sada El-Balad.

"It is impossible that small-particle birdshot from an eight-metre distance kills…But this is her fate," he added.

Abdel-Hamid continued to explain that the person standing next to El-Sabagh in the protest was not killed despite being shot in the neck as he had "a layer of fat."

El-Sabagh was killed on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution while she was going to lay a commemorative wreath in Tahrir square with a few dozen other activists.

On Tuesday, the prosecutor general referred a police officer from the force that dispersed the protest to criminal court over El-Sabagh's killing, charging him with "beating that led to death."

The prosecution said investigations revealed El-Sabagh died from wounds sustained from "light birdshot" after a central security forces officer shot at her and other protesters.

Her party, the Socialist Popular Alliance, accused the police of "premeditated murder." Police officials initially denied that security forces played a role in El-Sabagh's death.

El-Sabagh's case caused local and international outcry, having renewed accusations against Egyptian police of excessive and deadly force.

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Just an Egyptian
23-03-2015 03:56pm
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This guy is a perfect example of why the government tries to prevent any of their employees from speaking to the press. They make any bad situation much worse. She died because she didn't have enough fat?? So essentially she brought her death on herself because she didn't eat enough! One chocolate bar too few! And I suppose if the shrapnel had torn through a thick layer of blubber and stopped short of the lungs then everything would have been fine? No harm, no foul?
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Ahmed Kamel
23-03-2015 02:07pm
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No, she didn't die because she was too slim, she died because she was shot! With a shot gun!! A shot gun isn't a taser gun!! It's a gun that's used for killing!!!
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J.M.Jordan
23-03-2015 12:32pm
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So she actually did die of birdshot
She couldn't have died of being beaten to death with birdshot wounds. If it's only the missing fat's fault same would have happened to me had I come to commemorate somebody dead. Same reason intestinal flora remains so deeply impaired 30+ years later, same reason an intestinal operation resulted in life long severe impairment (not enough time to do things correctly, the next patient was already waiting under narcotics). No seriously, in a country with still so many poor people birdshot should be forbidden whatever the shooting distance.
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expat
22-03-2015 08:12pm
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sometimes i wonder.... if anybody in his right mind aims a shotgun towards his own kids,would he move the trigger? surely not,as even the small charge might cause severe wounds,the more the nearer you stand to your target how sick a society must be,if this procedure is allowed to police men? a single bird shot lead bullet will cost you permanently your eye without possible healing and this nutcase is talking about body-fat? really,egypt is a land of miracles,specially to the mind set of its governing people
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expat
22-03-2015 09:25pm
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i pull the trigger of a shotgun 1 m in front of a massive wooden door for example,there will be a football wide hole afterwards..why? because birdshot is totally harmless... :)
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expat
22-03-2015 08:12pm
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sometimes i wonder.... if anybody in his right mind aims a shotgun towards his own kids,would he move the trigger? surely not,as even the small charge might cause severe wounds,the more the nearer you stand to your target how sick a society must be,if this procedure is allowed to police men? a single bird shot lead bullet will cost you permanently your eye without possible healing and this nutcase is talking about body-fat? really,egypt is a land of miracles,specially to the mind set of its governing people
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Ahmed Sherfi Mansour
23-03-2015 10:24am
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Sorry, I cannot see a miracle in the mindset of the government. It was obviously the victim's fault from the very beginning. So far we were only waiting for the missing link that would prove the police's innocence. It is probably stated in the secret paragraphs of the protest law that a minimum body fat is required for illegal demonstrations otherwise the death penalty applies on the spot. So, there is no miracle whatsoever.
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