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Forensic authority investigated over El-Sabagh ‘thinness’ comments

Shaimaa El-Sabagh died from birdshot wounds because she 'had no fat' to protect her heart and lungs, a forensic authority spokesperson has said

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Mar 2015
Shaimaa el-Sabbagh
In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 photo, 32-year-old mother Shaimaa el-Sabbagh holds a poster during a protest in downtown Cairo (Photo: AP)
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The justice ministry is investigating the accuracy of comments by a forensic authority spokesman who said a female activist died from birdshot wounds because she was “too slim.”

Shaimaa El-Sabagh, 33, was killed on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the January 25 revolution when police fired birdshot at a small group of protesters who planned to lay a wreath for the revolution’s martyrs in Tahrir Square.

Last week, the prosecutor-general charged a police officer with El-Sabagh's killing, accusing him of carrying out a "beating that led to death."

"The right decision will be taken upon investigation," a statement by the ministry of justice read.

Forensic authority spokesman Hisham Abdel-Hamid said El-Sabagh had "no fats, so [birdshot] pellets easily penetrated her heart and lungs causing her death."

"It is impossible that small birdshot pellets from an eight-metre distance would kill… but this was her fate," Abdel-Hamid told a news show on private television channel Sada El-Balad.

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.

 

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23-03-2015 08:02pm
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whats this whole nonsense?
just rip out of the hands of your totally stupid police man weapons,they dont understand nor understand! this blokes you name police are simply not trained to understand,that the person infront of their shotgun is a voter and therefore THEIR principal! they dont get this,as nobody teachs them and as a result we discuss,if a shotgun,aimed at your belly,is more vicious,if you dont have enough body fat to absord the lead...
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