Italian student murder: Egyptian lawmakers to visit Italian parliament

Cairo, April 26 (IANS/AKI) Members of the Egyptian parliament’s human rights commission will visit the Italian parliament to discuss the murder in Cairo earlier this year of Italian student Giulio Regeni, the commission’s president said Tuesday.

Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat made the announcement to journalists in Cairo but did not give a date for the visit.

Before the Egyptian lawmakers leave for Rome, they will hold talks with government officials on the circumstances of Regeni’s abduction and murder, Sadat said.

“Egyptian civil society organisations have a different version of the young Italian’s killing from that of Egyptian investigators – we will listen to all the accounts.”

Regeni’s mutilated, half-naked body bearing signs of torture was allegedly found in a ditch on Cairo’s western outskirts on February 3, nine days after he vanished in the capital on January 25.

Cairo has vowed to “unravel the mystery” surrounding Regeni’s brutal killing and strenuously denies claims by human groups that Egypt’s security forces were behind the crime.

The 28-year-old Cambridge PhD student was researching independent trade unions, a sensitive topic in Egypt, and had written articles critical of the government that were published in an Italian newspaper under a pseudonym.

Italy recalled its ambassador to Egypt earlier this month after the failure of talks between Italian and Egyptian officials aimed at ending the deadlock over a probe into Regeni’s killing.

Rome has accused Cairo of lack of cooperation in bringing Regeni’s killers to justice and the case has strained ties between the two major trading partners.



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