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Sadat Autopsy Photo Stirs Controversy.

By Greg LaMotte (VOA-Cairo)

An Egyptian newspaper has sparked controversy by publishing what it says is an autopsy photograph of the late President Anwar Sadat. It has been described as the first photograph ever published of the corpse of Sadat, who was assassinated in 1981 by Islamic fundamentalist soldiers. The color photo shows the naked torso and head of a man, identified as the late president, laid out on a white sheet.

When the photo appeared in the weekly Egyptian tabloid Al-Maydan last week the publisher fired an editor, calling the decision to run the picture "extraordinarily inappropriate." Now the editor-in-chief of the tabloid is speaking publicly about why the photo was published.

Said Abdel Khalil said the photo is "an important historical document that should send a message to everyone in the region" and that it "contains information about the most famous assassination-autopsy case in the history of Egypt."

He said the reason he agreed to publish the photo was to send a message telling everyone that Sadat was "killed by terrorists, that terrorism still exists, and everyone needs to be aware." The newspaper has not explained how it managed to get the photograph.

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Date:Jun 5, 2002
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