Egypt, Italy re­view up­dates of Re­geni’s mur­der case amid es­ca­la­tion by Rome

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Sarah El-Sheikh

Egypt’s Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tor Nabil Sadek met with a del­e­ga­tion of Ital­ian in­ves­ti­ga­tors headed by deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Ser­gio Co­laiocco on Sat­ur­day. Both sides re­viewed the lat­est de­vel­op­ments of their joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion over the death of Ital­ian stu­dent Gulio Re­geni in Egypt, ac­cord­ing to the state-run Al-Ahram news­pa­per.

Italy took some re­cent de­ci­sions which are ex­pected to es­ca­late the is­sue, only a day af­ter the Ital­ian pros­e­cu­tor said that some Egyp­tian of­fi­cials might be in­volved in Re­geni’s mur­der.

On Fri­day, the Ital­ian for­eign min­istry sum­moned the Egyp­tian am­bas­sador in Rome, Hisham Badr, to dis­cuss the is­sue, while the Ital­ian par­lia­ment de­cided to sus­pend par­lia­men­tary re­la­tions with its Egyp­tian coun­ter­part un­til they reach a con­clu­sive re­sult in the case.

Italy urged Cairo to re­spect its com­mit­ment to move quickly and bring to jus­tice those re­spon­si­ble for the mur­der of Re­geni, ac­cord­ing to an Ital­ian for­eign min­istry state­ment.

The Ital­ian del­e­ga­tion in Cairo re­vealed the re­sults of the the­sis which Re­geni was con­duct­ing in Egypt at the time, while the Egyp­tian side pre­sented some footage taken by cam­eras in the Bo­hoth metro sta­tion where the stu­dent was last seen.

In late May, Egypt pre­sented record­ings and in­ves­ti­ga­tion doc­u­ments re­gard­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance and mur­der of Re­geni to the Ital­ian au­thor­i­ties. Some record­ings were not clear, so Italy de­manded bet­ter-qual­ity copies of them.

Al-Ahram re­ported that the two sides agreed that the in­ves­ti­ga­tions are go­ing well, and both con­firmed their in­ten­tion to con­tinue to ex­change vis­its and ex­ert more ef­forts to un­cover the per­pe­tra­tors soon.

Re­geni, a 28-year-old PhD stu­dent, was found dead on the Cairo-Alexan­dria Desert Road in Jan­uary 2016. The stu­dent was a Cam­bridge scholar com­plet­ing his re­search in Cairo for his PhD on the na­ture of po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ments, and par­tic­u­larly on labour unions in Egypt.

In re­sponse to the Ital­ian par­lia­ment’s de­ci­sion to sus­pend par­lia­men­tary re­la­tions with Egypt, Egypt’s par­lia­ment re­gret­ted the de­ci­sion in a state­ment. It de­scribed it as ‘pre­judg­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.’

The par­lia­ment con­tin­ued that cur­rent re­la­tions be­tween Egypt and Italy are strong and his­tor­i­cal on all lev­els, adding that the de­ci­sion was ‘il­log­i­cal and sur­pris­ing as it comes af­ter the Egyp­tian and Ital­ian pros­e­cu­tion au­thor­i­ties held a joint meet­ing to com­plete the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Re­geni’s case.’

“Dur­ing the meet­ing, the two par­ties ex­changed view­points in a pos­i­tive cli­mate, and con­firmed that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is pro­gress­ing in a very con­struc­tive way, and that they are de­ter­mined to con­tinue their co­op­er­a­tion un­til they reach a fi­nal re­sult, and a suit­able de­ci­sion in the near fu­ture along with the ju­di­cial ef­forts,” the state­ment added.

Egypt’s par­lia­ment said, “it is com­mit­ted to the rule of law, and will not in­ter­vene in the work of in­ves­ti­ga­tion au­thor­i­ties, and so uni­lat­eral mea­sures do not serve the in­ter­ests of the two coun­tries.”

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