Mystery over brutal death of Italian researcher in Egypt deepens

Mystery over brutal death of Italian researcher in Egypt deepens
By Seamus Kearney
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After sources said Giulio Regeni had been tortured over a week, the president's office claimed that "terrorists" were behind the killing


The president’s office in Egypt has spoken out about the case of an Italian researcher who disappeared in January and was found dead nine days later.

After sources said Giulio Regeni had been tortured over a week, the president’s office claimed that “terrorists” were behind the killing.

“Through this act, those who want to damage Egypt and the region, and those who are linked to terrorist groups, tried to make the responsibility fall on the Interior Ministry,” said a statement from the presidency.

Egypt says its “enemies are trying to divide the country from Italy, creating a diplomatic case with a friendly country”.

On Tuesday unconfirmed judicial sources in Egypt said that Regeni had been tortured over the period of a week, in separate hour-long sessions every 10 to 14 hours.

The body has also been examined in Italy and a final report is still expected, but forensic sources confirmed torture.

Italy is said to be considering the recall of a legal team it sent to Cairo to investigate the murder because authorities are not cooperating enough.

The team has not been given access to many fundamental elements of the inquiry, including the data in Regeni’s mobile phone.

The battered body of the young man was found in a ditch on the outskirts of Cairo on February the 3rd.

Regeni's story gets worse. Interesting the #Egypt-ian official is confirming these details.

— HA Hellyer د. إتش (@hahellyer) March 2, 2016

Banner demands the truth about Giulio Regeni's death in Cairo on Trieste town hall via amnestyitalia</a> <a href="">

— Naomi O'Leary (@NaomiOhReally) March 2, 2016

Autopsy shows Italian was tortured for days, “strongest indication yet that Regeni was killed by Egyptian security.”

— Alex Ortiz (@azortiz) March 1, 2016

#AMAY Top coroner says Reuters 'fabricated' story on torture, death of Regeni

— Egypt Independent (@EgyIndependent) March 2, 2016

#Regeni's sister Irene calls for keeping international pressure, demanding truth for Giulio

— francesco strazzari (@franxstrax) March 2, 2016

Giulio Regeni's murder shows that today’s Egypt is even less safe, less free, and less tolerant, says SarahEYerkes</a>: <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Brookings (BrookingsInst) March 2, 2016

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