CAIRO: Initial Investigations revealed that torture signs were found on the dead body of an Italian student missing since the 5th anniversary of Jan. 25 Revolution in Cairo, South Giza Prosecution announced Thursday.
There is a “suspected crime” behind the death of Giulio Regen, 28, who was found dead on Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road. The dead body was sent to the morgue to determine the cause of death, the prosecution said in a statement of which Youm7 obtained a copy.
The staff of the Italian embassy is holding an urgent meeting and is expected to issue a statement on Regen’s death. Meanwhile, Italian Minister of Economic Cooperation Federica Guidi cut her visit to Cairo short over “urgent matters,” Youm7 reported.
The Italian government announced it has been informed of “the tragic fate presumably suffered by Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo,” said Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who offered the government’s condolences to Regeni’s family.
The family “will soon be joined” by Guidi, who suspended her visit to Egypt, the statement added. Guidi paid Egypt a two-day visit during which she held meeting with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi over bilateral relations, according to a statement by the presidential office.
“The Italian Government has asked the Egyptian authorities to make their utmost effort to verify the truth and reconstruct the circumstances and also immediately open a joint investigation with the participation of Italian experts,” the statement added.
Regeni is a Cambridge PhD student at Girton College in the department of Political and International Department, Cambridge news reported. He is a visiting scholar for the American University in Cairo; the last known information of him was that he reportedly was heading from Giza’s Behooth metro station to Bab-el-Louk in downtown Cairo.