Italy is hopeful as investigation on Giulio Regeni death gets highest attention

Giulio Regeni disappeared on Jan. 25, 2016. His body with extensive signs of torture was found nine days later nearby the October 6 city. As Giulio was a beginner political journalist and studied the Egyptian trade unions and protest movement in general suspicions from the very first days arose that he was killed by government forces.

The date of disappearance is also remarkable. It is the day of one of the strongest protests in Cairo, that ousted the long-time ruler Mubarak back to 2011. This day traditionally marked with protests and high activity of police.

It is known from the Reuters sources that Giulio Regeni was stopped and subsequently interrogated by the police of the Cairo subway. Later he was transfered to the State Security Forces facility. Nobody has seen him alive after the transfer. It is widely believed that his life ended in some of the State Security basements and his body was later thrown out in attempt to disguise the killing as a robbery. President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi denied these allegations but promised fair and comprehensive investigation of the case.

In a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo on 5 August, Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi expressed confidence of inevitable success of the joint investigation:

We appreciate the excellent cooperation that we have seen between the judiciaries of both countries and we are confident that justice will come to light on this painful issue.

I was pleased to hear from the Egyptian minister of the strong will on the part of the Egyptian government to achieve concrete results from the judicial investigation.


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