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Egypt's justice minister dismisses chairwoman of forensics over published report

February 5, 2014 at 10:16 am

Egypt’s Justice Minister Counsellor Adel Abdul Hamid has ruled to dismiss the Chairwoman of Forensic Doctors, Dr Magda Al-Qaradawi, from her current position following the publishing of an autopsy report by Deputy Director of Giza’s Police Department General Nabil Faraj, who was murdered in Kerdasa two days ago. The incident caused great embarrassment to the government and prosecution.

Dr Al-Qaradawi had embarrassed the government previously when she denied claims that the dead bodies found beneath the Rabaa Al-Adawiya platform had been killed days before the operation to disperse the sit in, instead determining that they had all been killed on that same day. She said during an interview, “just ask Sharq’s prosecution the truth about these bodies.”

Dr Hisham Abdel Hamid, a spokesperson of Forensic Medicine, said that the Justice Ministry had terminated Dr Al-Qaradawi’s assignment and assigned Deputy Chief of Forensic Doctors Dr Mahmoud Ahmed as her successor. Dr Al-Qaradawi is to reassume her former position as Deputy Chief of Forensic Doctors.

Dr Al-Qaradawi responded that she does not understand the real reason behind the decision to dismiss her from her position.