Italy recalls ambassador from Egypt over Regeni murder

Rome's Chief Investigator Giuseppe Pignatone arrives at the meeting between Italian and Egyptian authorities

ROME -- Italy recalled its ambassador to Egypt from Cairo Friday in protest after Egyptian investigators failed to cooperate in establishing the truth about the brutal murder of Cambridge student Giulio Regeni, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said. 

 After a first round of meetings between Italian and Egyptian investigators on the death of Italian researcher Giulio Regeni on Thursday, those involved are keeping their lips tightly sealed before the meetings conclude on Friday evening so as not to jeopardise the already precarious relations between the two countries.

 The Italians have presented their findings from the autopsy by the medical institute for law at La Sapienza university, and on the discoveries made from Regeni's computer. The Egyptians were set to update the Italian investigators on their progress in the case since March 14 when top investigators Giuseppe Pignatone and Sergio Colaiocco met with them last in Cairo.

 On the amount of information requested by Italian investigators only a small amount had arrived from Cairo.

 According to Colaiocco they have been waiting for weeks for Regeni's telephone records and the surveillance footage from around his house on the days before his disappearance. Despite claims made in the Egyptian press that the delegation from their country would be meeting with the Friulian researcher's family to offer their condolences and respond to any expected questions, the Regeni's lawyer has said that, "We've had no contact with the Egyptian investigators and no news of their arrival."

 According to the NGO Nadeem Centre there have been 88 cases of torture in Egypt since the beginning of 2016 alone, resulting in eight deaths.