A small demonstration was held outside the High Court on Thursday afternoon for Mohamed El-Gendy.
El-Gendy was a member of Al-Tayar Al-Sha’aby and a founding member of the Al-Dostour Party. El-Gendy, who was from Tanta, died after going missing on 28 January 2013. Days later, he was found in a coma at the Al-Helal hospital with a brain haemorrhage and a bruised skull.
His cousin and member of Al-Tayar Al-Sha’aby Ahmed Zaki said Thursday’s protest is a warning to the Committee of Five which is set to release El-Gendy’s autopsy report on Saturday. “It’s a warning in case they decide to forge the report,” he said.
Zaki fears the report will be forged, because he believes that the Ministry of Justice is “corrupt”.
In February, the official autopsy report released by the justice ministry’s Forensic Medical Authority concluded that El-Gendy’s death was caused by a car accident.
The Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights said in February that El-Gendy was tortured after being kidnapped by security forces. Al-Tayar Al-Sha’aby also said that the autopsy report was false and that the movement’s own specialists examined El-Gendy and confirmed he was tortured.
After the report was released, El-Gendy’s lawyers challenged the report and requested the formation of a new committee to investigate El-Gendy’s death.
Around 100 to 150 protesters took part in the protest outside the High Court on Thursday. Zaki explained that there was another protest at the same time for political detainees and said that they are waiting for the report to be released before taking further action. If the report appears to be forged, thousands will protest across Egypt, he said.