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Forensic evidence suggests that deceased activist Mohamed al-Gendy was tortured, said Ehsan Kamil, head of the Forensic Medicine Department.
However, “the final report is not meant to determine the cause of death,” Kamil cautioned.
The report indicated that Gendy sustained wounds on the left side of his face and the left side of his back, which were likely the result of a car crash, Kamil told Al-Masry Al-Youm.
However, there were a number of other injuries that were likely inflicted from torture with a hard object, such as an iron rod or stick, Kamil said. However, he said investigators could not rule out the possibility that those injuries were also incurred during a car crash.
It is not the task of forensic medicine to determine the speed of the car that hit Gendy, Kamil asserted.
"What puts the matter to rest is the [testimony of an] eyewitness and the compatibility of what they say with forensic report," he said.
Gendy, a Tanta resident and Popular Current member, died in a hospital early February after disappearing on 28 January from Tahrir Square during protests against President Mohamed Morsy's rule. The hospital said he had been in a car accident, but a human rights lawyer said that he had clear torture marks on his body and accused the hospital of changing Gendy's arrival date to cover up his kidnapping.
Some eyewitness said Gendy had been taken to a Central Security camp where he had been tortured.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm