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Italian and Egyptian investigators meet over dead student

Italian and Egyptian investigators meet over dead student


Egypt is expected to share its findings into the murder of an Italian student in the North African country.

Investigators from both countries are holding talks in Rome that will go till Friday as they seek to find out what exactly happened to Giulio Regeni, 28-year-old Cambridge University doctorate student.

The Egyptian officials are expected to provide Italy’s prosecutor Giuseppe Pignatone with evidence, such as CCTV footage and forensic analysis. This evidence is expected to aid the Italian team in carrying an inquiry of its own.

The Egyptian inquiry has come under criticism from human rights organisations as well as Italians who have continued to carry out protests.

Regeni was found dead in a ditch in the outskirts of Cairo two months ago after he went missing on the fifth anniversary of the uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

Human rights organisations say that Regeni’s body which had burns and wounds were consistent with the methods of torture used by Egyptian security services to repress the opposition.

Nevertheless, Egyptian authorities have denied any involvement into the death of the Italian.

This case could further dampen Egypt’s efforts to project an image of stability as the country is struggling to attract tourists and foreign investments after years of political turmoil and violence.

Earlier this week, Italy said it is ready to react, adopting measures that are both immediate and proportionate if Egyptian authorities do not act quickly in uncovering the truth.