Egypt ar­rests lawyer linked to slain Ital­ian stu­dent

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Cairo, Egypt - Author­i­ties in Egypt have ar­rested a lawyer whose hu­man rights group op­poses en­forced dis­ap­pear­ances and is linked to one such case in­volv­ing mur­dered Ital­ian stu­dent Gi­ulio Re­geni.

Ibrahim Met­wally was de­tained on Sun­day at Cairo air­port on his way to the Swiss city of Geneva, where he was to take part in a meet­ing on en­forced dis­ap­pear­ances, his group said.

Pros­e­cu­tion of­fi­cials said he had been re­manded in cus­tody for two weeks on sus­pi­cion of ‘deal­ing with for­eign par­ties’ and ‘spread­ing false news’.

Met­wally, who founded the As­so­ci­a­tion for the Fam­i­lies of the Dis­ap­peared, was also sus­pected of hav­ing set up an ‘il­le­gal’ group. He was in touch with the le­gal de­fence team of Re­geni’s fam­ily.

Re­geni, a PhD stu­dent, went miss­ing in Cairo on Jan­uary 25, 2015 and his body was found days later bear­ing tor­ture marks.

Egypt has faced ac­cu­sa­tions that one of its se­cu­rity ser­vices mur­dered the stu­dent who was re­search­ing trade unions - a sen­si­tive topic in the coun­try - but Cairo de­nied any such in­volve­ment. His mur­der led to a diplo­matic cri­sis that saw Italy re­call its am­bas­sador.


File photo of a rights ac­tivist hold­ing a photo in Rome

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