'British spies to blame' for Regeni murder, general claims

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ROME - Giulio Regeni, the Cambridge student tortured to death in Cairo, was likely gathering information to “complete dossiers to be used by British intelligence,” according to Italian former general Dino Tricarico. The general is a former security advisor to Palazzo Chigi and president of the Icsa Foundation, a respected think tank on security issues and intelligence.

 Tricarico’s suspicions surrounding the case were aroused by the “official spread of deceit,” as he called it, from the British, Egyptian, and Italian authorities. The lack of international cooperation following the case has no doubt contributed to the murder of the young man remaining unsolved.

 It is a widely held speculation that Regini was murdered by Egyptian intelligence services. Unedited conversations between Regini and his tutor, Professor Maha Mahfouz Adbelrahman, have recently surfaced, the nature of which reveals the fear that Regini felt for his safety due to the nature of his research.

 While Adbelrahman, supported by Cambridge, have maintained that no formal request for her cooperation with Italian authorities has been made, Italian news sources seem to contradict this account.

 According to Tricarico, no formal agreement was reached prior to Regeni’s departure about his research. Political assassinations have historically occurred against foreigners looking to compile information in Egypt. Cambridge was aware of these dangers when they sent him, as he later found out, other students had to flee and required psychological support for the personal trauma they experienced in Cairo.

 Tricarico is suspicious as to why Cambridge tried to send another Italian student to conduct research after the first returned traumatised, as he says, “the British have tried it again. Because? What is the real goal of that university?”

 Not enough diplomatic pressure has been put on the Egyptian authorities, in his opinion, for anyone to expect results. While he is clear that his job is not to make allegations, the destabilisation of Italian-Egyptian relations does serve to benefit some in the geopolitical landscape, as he says, it is a strange coincidence that “Massari's then ambassador was in for a reception with then Minister Guidi and some 60 Italian entrepreneurs."