In a press released yesterday, David Caton, Executive Director of Florida Family Association, has announced that his request to the Florida Medical Examiners Commission to investigate the Medical Examiner Report in the August 2009 death of Fatima Abdallah has been granted.
COMPLAINT FILED WITH MEDICAL EXAMINERS COMMISSION
Glenn Hopkins, Bureau Chief
Medical Examiners Commission
Re: Hillsborough County Medical Examiners Case No. 09-05161
Dear Mr. Hopkins, June 23, 2011
Florida Family Association hired a private investigator to look into the suspicious death of Fatima Abdallah because it was difficult to comprehend how she could have killed herself by repeatedly beating her nose onto a coffee table. It is also difficult to comprehend how the injuries reported in her autopsy (back of the head, broken ribs, hemorrhage around ribs, etc.) could have occurred during such “self infliction” or alleged posthumous CPR.
The family knowingly left Fatima dead for 2 hours before they called 911, gave two different stories of how she died, ushered the alleged only witness to her death out of the country just days after her death and treated her horribly before she died are just a few of the facts that make it highly unlikely that her death was an accident as the Hillsborough County Medical Examiners’ office has determined.
The Tampa Police Department has declined to reopen the investigation based upon the Hillsborough County Medical Examiners finding of cause of death.
Our private investigator and research team found numerous inconsistencies, errors and omissions with the Medical Examiner Report, Tampa Police General Offense Report, and 911 Dispatch Call Hardcopy Report. These inconsistencies are itemized in the INVESTIGATION FINDINGS section below. The Tampa Police General Offense Report, Medical Examiner Report, 911 Dispatch Call Hardcopy report, Prestige Investigations, Inc. reports and Crime scene photos are all found online at the links referenced at the bottom of http://floridafamily.org/full_article.php?article_no=49
A member of the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s staff has informed us that the medical examiner’s finding of this death as an accident caused great controversy and distress among many staff members because they could not believe that this case was ruled an accident.
It is Florida Family Association’s opinion that given the circumstances of Fatima Abdallah’s personal life and the facts surrounding her death that there is a need to reopen this case to fully investigate Fatima Abdullah’s death to determine if her demise was truly an accident or honor killing.
Thousands upon thousands of concerned citizens have already sent emails urging the Tampa Police Department and State Attorney Mark Ober to reopen this case. These officials have ignored the public outcry.
We hope that your office will not ignore this case as Tampa officials have because of the ramifications of dealing with an alleged violent crime that appears to be motivated by cultural codes of conduct.
Therefore, we respectfully request that the Medical Examiners Commission review this case.
I look forward to your response.
Florida Family Association
Response from the Medical Examiner below:
Dear Mr. Caton,
I am replying to your email on behalf of Bureau Chief Glen Hopkins, since I am the staff member responsible for investigating complaints against medical examiners and associate medical examiners.
We have contacted the District Thirteen Medical Examiner’s Office in order to obtain information from their files in this case. We will keep you apprised of our investigation into this matter. Please keep in mind that the Medical Examiners Commission is only able to investigate the portion of this complaint that involves the District 13 Medical Examiner, and his Associate Medical Examiners. The portions of this complaint involving the State Attorney’s Office and Law Enforcement agencies that also participated in the investigation are beyond our jurisdiction.
Medical Examiners Commission Staff
On Friday, June 24, 2011 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm there will be a rally for Fatima held by Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) at the Embassy Suites, 3705 Spectrum Blvd. Tampa, Florida 33612 by USF. The National Organization for Women (NOW) is holding their annual conference, Daring to Dream: Building a Feminist Future.
The National Organization for Women was created to advance the opportunities for women across the country. They must be called out on this, as their silence is sanction. Where are they when young women in this country are being “honor killed” for becoming too “western?” Where do they stand on gender apartheid, clitoridectomies, forced marriage and child marriage under the shari’ah in Muslim countries?
As fate would have it, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor will be delivering the welcome speech at the NOW convention.
This is the perfect occasion to show your support and demand that justice be served in the case of Fatima Abdallah. Let’s not let her death be swept under the rug because the circumstances are too controversial to be properly, and more importantly, legally, addressed.
This woman deserves better from Tampa, from Florida, and from the United States of America.