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No reason to mistrust Dremali's account

Reader comment on item: A Palestinian in Texas

Submitted by Phil Mond (Australia), Nov 1, 2012 at 08:34

What Ibrahim Dremali calls "a barbaric act" is nothing of the sort.

According to Dremali, Hamad's body was "cut all from the right shoulder all the way to the stomach, and from the left shoulder all the way to the stomach again, and from the stomach all the way to the bladder."

Well, it's a gruesome but pretty realistic and trustworthy description of the cuts made during a standard autopsy. In particular, a semi-oval cut from shoulder to shoulder is made to create a flap that can be peeled upwards. It gives an examiner access to the throat without making a cut from the chin downwards that looks ugly at the funerals. Other cuts in his description (from the stomach to the bladder and across the skull) are also consistent with usual autopsy techniques.

Phil Mond
Retired forensic expert.


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