Ten Egyptian officials implicated over Regeni murder
ROME- In the latest letter of request sent to the Egyptian judicial authorities by their Italian counterparts, it has been revealed that 10 high-ranking military officials are thought to be involved in the murder of Italian student, Giuglio Regeni.
La Repubblica reports that the list of implicated Egyptian officials consist of two generals, two colonels, a major, three captains and two secret service agents. The information is included in a letter of request, sent by Giuseppe Pignatore, head of the General Prosecution in Rome, to the Egyptian authorities.
The Egyptian government has been widely criticised for a lack of cooperation in the case, ever since the mutilated corpse of Giuglio Regeni was discovered by the side of the road in Cairo on Feb. 3, 2016.
The 28-year-old was studying a PhD at Girton College, Cambridge, and was in Egypt to continue his research on independent trade unions. He was reported missing on Jan. 25, 2016,and his body was found seven days later.
The Rome prosecution’s latest request calls for more collaboration and a greater exchange of information with their Egyptian counterparts. The letter comes in the midst of diplomatic tension between the two countries, with the handling of the case prompting Italy to withdraw their ambassador in April of last year.
The document alleges that Egyptian security officials have been ‘reticent’ and accuses them of reporting facts that do not pertain to the truth. It also called for an exchange of the transcripts regarding the testimony of the five anonymous police and intelligence sources, supposedly tasked with keeping tabs on the student in the lead up to his death. Sources quoted by Reuter say the student was “detained by police and then transferred to a compound run by homeland security the day he vanished.”
Italy continues to be frustrated by the lack of progress in uncovering the details of Regeni’s death. The next findings of the Italian and Egyptian magistrates are set to be published before Easter. However, there is a growing scepticism that the report maybe yet another whitewash or disinformation.