The lawyers representing alleged torture victim Mohamed El-Gendy challenged on Sunday the official autopsy report of the victim.
The justice ministry’s Forensic Medical Authority (FMA) concluded in an official report, Tuesday, that El-Gendy’s death was the result of a car accident, and not torture at the hands of police.
The lawyers requested mandating a tripartite committee to reevaluate El-Gendy’s medical report, said Mohamed Abdel Aziz, one of El-Gendy’s lawyers. Their request for a copy of the medical report has been granted.
El-Gendy’s lawyers filed a request to the Qasr Al-Nile prosecution on Thursday demanding being provided with a copy of the report, the Popular Current said in a statement. They were referred to the head of Qasr Al-Nile prosecution who refused to grant them the report.
However, the Popular Current stated that the victim’s family, or their representatives, is allowed, according to the law, to receive a copy of the report.
Alaa Abdel Halim, the forensic doctor who conducted El-Gendy’s autopsy testified at the Qasr Al-Nile prosecution on Sunday, Abdel Aziz said. Abdel Halim allegedly stated that no broken bones were discovered in El-Gendy’s corpse.
“He said he believes it is more likely El-Gendy sustained his injuries due to a car accident,” Abdel Aziz said.
Sherif Al-Behairy, the sole eye-witness to El-Gendy’s alleged torture, visited Al-Gabal Al-Ahmar Central Security camp with the prosecution on Wednesday, where El-Gendy was allegedly tortured, reported state-owned Al-Ahram. Al-Behairy told Al-Ahram that he was unable to recognise the buildings to which he was permitted entrance.
He wasn’t granted access to a single familiar building which he believed might have been the one where he saw El-Gendy being tortured, Al-Behairy added.
Al-Behairy claimed to have witnessed El-Gendy’s torture in Al-Gabal Al-Ahmar Central Security camp; he claimed he was there with fellow Muslim Brotherhood members. Al-Behairy added he withdrew from the Brotherhood following this incident. The Muslim Brotherhood denied Al-Behairy’s statements, adding that he was never a member.
El-Gendy, a political activist and Popular Current member, disappeared on 28 January and was found in a coma at Al-Helal Hospital in Downtown Cairo two days later. He suffered from a brain hemorrhage and a cracked and bruised skull. He died a few days later. The hospital claimed El-Gendy was admitted on 27 January after suffering injuries from a car accident.