Chief medical examiner: News of Maspero autopsies premature

A medical report about the victims killed during a Coptic protest in Maspero Sunday is ongoing, the head of Egypt's Forensic Medicine Authority, Ihsan Kameel, told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Kameel said that news circulated in the media about the report's details is inaccurate and that the final autopsy results will likely be released on 27 October.

At least 26 people were killed and more than 300 injured outside the state TV building when violence erupted as demonstrators marched in protest of church attacks Sunday evening. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces denied using force or firing on protesters, blaming nebulous third-party attackers during a press conference Wednesday.

Authorities arrested a number of suspects who are accused of damaging military and private property, assaulting public servants and using firearms and bladed weapons leading to the death of individuals. Military prosecutors ordered the suspects detained for 15 days pending investigations.

Medical examiners have only completed two of the five steps required for issuing the report, according to Kameel. He said he has visited the Coptic Hospital to examine bodies while other medical crews went to other hospitals where victims are being held, emphasizing that statements from any medical examiner would be inaccurate at this stage.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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