Shorouk newspaper: Forensic medicine knows nothing of suspect's sketch

Ahram Online, Friday 7 Jan 2011

Head of Egyptian forensic medicine told Shorouk newspaper he knows nothing of sketch of suspected church bomber

Dr. Ahmed El-Sebaay, head of Egypt’s forensic medical authority, told Shorouk newspaper that the authority had nothing to do with the sketch of the suspected Alexandria church bomber released by the Ministry of Interior.

El-Sebaay told Shorouk that Egypt does not have facial formation technology. He also said that compiling such a sketch could not have been done unless the skull was completely left intact, so that the facial measurements may be compared to that of the skull, to determine mouth, hair and eyebrows.

However, an official source in the criminology department told Shorouk that half a skull was found and used as the basis for the reconstruction of the other half. The source added that the reconstructed face will be compared to the pictures of persons who have entered and left Egypt.

Egyptian officials released on Thursday a sketch which they said was created by forensic experts and is the reconstructed face of the alleged suicide bomber in the attack on the Two Saints Church in Alexandria.

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