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New forensic report shows El-Gendy died from torture

Forensic committee formed by Egyptian prosecutors shows that slain activist Mohamed El-Gendy died from torture, not from a car crash as ministry of interior claimed

Ahram Online, Wednesday 6 Mar 2013
Slain activist Mohamed El-Gendy (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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A forensic committee stated on Wednesday that the death of activist Mohamed El-Gendy resulted from torture and not from a car accident, as a previous forensic report had asserted.

El-Gendy, 28, was a member of opposition group the Egyptian Popular Current.

He was arrested along with several protesters during anti-government rallies that took place on the second anniversary of the January 25 revolution.

Security sources later told Reuters that El-Gendy was taken to a state security camp where he was interrogated and tortured.

However, the interior ministry denied the accusations, saying that El-Gendy was hit by a car on 28 January and taken to Cairo’s Hilal Hospital where he died some days later.

On 12 February, a justice ministry forensic report was released that stated that El-Gendy’s death was due to a car crash and not to police torture.

The new forensic committee was formed on the orders of the Qasr El-Nil prosecution department and consisted of a number of prominent forensic doctors.

Amr Awad, director of the Qasr El-Nil branch of the prosecution, stated that the committee’s report indicated that El-Gendy’s body showed injuries consistent with beating and torture.

Awad said that El-Gendy's death was caused by serious bleeding in the brain, as a result of being hit on the head.

El-Gendy's death, together with other prominent cases such as that of Hamada Saber, who was beaten by security forces in an incident captured on camera, has reignited a debate in Egypt about the extent of police torture. 

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06-03-2013 09:05pm
Serious question
Why are all these people who die called "activists"? I mean, yes they are activists, but why don't we ever hear what their day jobs are or even tell us if they are unemployed? It always seems odd to me that these people are always identified as "activists" as if that is what they do for a living, or is it what they really do for a living?
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06-03-2013 11:13pm
Regardless, what he did for a living...
he was killed while protesting. Now if protesting is a crime then go throught the due process. Kidnapping and torturing is bad policing (to put it mildly) but also blatantly lying about is even worse.

06-03-2013 08:32pm
Fighting for truth and justice!
This case was in the media spotlight and they along with the Egyptian citizens refused to bury the truth next to one of our martyrs, Mohamed El-Gendy, so finally the truth has been revealed and Mohamed can rest in peace, hoping his family, fellow activists, media along with all of us seeking truth and justice will feel vindicated, now the next fight must be assuring those responsible for his torture and death will be brought to account.
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