Autopsy: Egyptian activist shot to death

Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM

CAIRO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- An autopsy determined an Egyptian opposition activist who had been missing for nearly a month was killed by a gunshot to the head, officials said.

Mohamed al-Shafie had been missing since Jan. 29 and his mother discovered his body at a Cairo morgue Sunday, al-Masry al-Youm reported.

An autopsy ordered after the mother filed a police report found a birdshot wound to al-Shafie's head, the report said Monday.

In her complaint, the mother said her son had been tortured before he was killed.

Al-Shafie was the second activist to disappear since protests marking the second anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising.

Mohamed al-Gendy disappeared Jan. 28 and died shortly after he was found in critical condition in a hospital.

Activists said al-Gendy had been tortured at a police camp but police said he was in an auto accident.

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