Medical regulator to hear case of Toronto neurosurgeon who murdered wife

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TORONTO –
Ontario’s medical regulator is expected to hear today from a Toronto neurosurgeon who murdered his wife two days after she filed for divorce.

The Discipline Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is holding a hearing for Mohammed Shamji, who faces allegations of professional misconduct related to his murder conviction and other criminal charges.

The procedure will take place by teleconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The regulator alleges in a notice of hearing that Shamji provided inaccurate information in his request for independent practice in 2012, without disclosing criminal charges related to a domestic assault in Ottawa in 2005.

He also alleged that Shamji was found guilty of an offense related to his fitness to practice.

Shamji pleaded guilty last year to second degree murder in the 2016 murder of his wife, Elana Fric Shamji, who was also a doctor.

He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 14 years.

The court heard that Shamji attacked his wife two days after she served divorce papers on her, then stuffed her body into a suitcase and threw her into the Humber River.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 24, 2020.

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