Egypt coroner reportedly sacked for hiding torture evidence

May 4, 2011 21:25

CAIRO - Egypt's chief coroner was sacked on Wednesday and activists applauded the move, saying he had forged autopsy results to hide torture and state security abuses.

The justice minister sacked coroner Ahmed Sabiey after he was investigated for having given unauthorized interviews on the health of former President Hosni Mubarak, judicial sources said.

Internet social networking sites had carried statements from dozens of groups calling for Sabiey to step down.

He was blamed for having covered up details of the death of 28-year-old Khaled Said in June. The death sparked public protests and was one of the main catalysts in galvanizing anger that eventually toppled Mubarak on February 11.

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