CAIRO: The Interior Ministry strongly rejects media reports claiming the involvement of Egyptian policemen in the recent killing of the Italian student Giulio Regeni, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar said Monday.
“The police are far above involvement in such a crime. The (said) accusations are groundless, overhasty rumors and are completely unjustified simply because this is not the policy of the Egyptian security apparatus known for its integrity and transparency,” Abdel Ghaffar said in a press conference Monday.
Several international media outlets have related between Regeni’s disappearance, which coincided with the 5th anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, and the high alert status declared by Egyptian police aimed at preventing any possible protest.
The minister called on media outlets “not to jump to conclusions before the results of the ongoing investigations are revealed.”
Conflicting media reports surround Regeni’s death whose body was found, with signs of torture, dumped along a highway in the 6 October City southwest of Cairo more than a week after he disappeared.
Egypt is currently investigating the mysterious death of the Italian PhD student whose body was sent back to Rome on Saturday.
“Regeni had several relations with Egyptians and foreigners and they all need to be accurately examined and that would take time,” the minister said.
“Relations between Rome and Cairo will not be affected by the recent Italian student Giulio Regeni’s mysterious death,” said Egyptian Ambassador to Rome Amr Helmy Saturday.