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Controversial Forensic Institute head Hiss to retire

October 15, 2012 20:59

Prof. Yehuda Hiss, longtime director of the controversial L. Greenberg Institute of Forensic Medicine in Abu Kabir, is going on pension after decades in the post, and he will be replaced by a professional chosen by a Health Ministry public tender. In addition, the ministry’s medical administration will take charge of the institute instead of Tzrifin’s Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, which was given overall responsibility for it following scandals and allegations when controlled by Hiss.

The institute, whose pathologists conduct autopsies of deceased from unnatural deaths and identifies bodies of victims of catastrophes, terrorism or other violence, has been the the center of much negative publicity in recent years. Hiss, who was long regarded as "irreplacable," was accused in the media and elsewhere of allegedly saving body parts and tisue that should have been buried.

Following criticism by Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman of the way the institute has been run, ministry director-general Prof. Ronni Gamzu and experts in the ministry decided on reorganization and other changes at Abu Kabir. After the ministry’s medical administration takes control, the institute will be run as a separate unit, Gamzu said.

The much-delayed decision was supposed to have been announced months ago.

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