CAIRO: The Italian student found dead and tortured on the outskirts of Cairo did not receive phone calls from any blocked numbers or people unknown to him before his death, Youm7 reported Thursday.
The telecommunications company sent a report of Giulio Regeni’s phone record to the prosecution, revealing that he only received phone calls from his friends and a professor who works at the British University in Egypt (BUE.)
The prosecution has questioned more or Regini’s friends, who said he was introduced to them by the BUE professor. They added they formed a group of Egyptian and Italian friends and met every about two weeks, Youm7 reported.
On Wednesday, Head of the Egyptian Forensic Department Hesham Abdel Hamid denied recent news quoting him saying that slain Italian student Giulio Regeni had been tortured for seven days, Al Masry Al Youm reported. Regeni’s body bore signs of severe torture, including multiple cigarette burns.
Regeni had complex and multiple contacts and relations where he lived and studied after having lived in Egypt for six months, and a “criminal aspect” is also one of the possibilities, according to a Feb. 24 statement by the Interior Ministry.
“Close cooperation” between the Egyptian team investigating the murder and its Italian counterpart has been ongoing; investigation results have been shared in joint meetings and answers to questions have been exchanged, the statement added.
Social media users and some media reports hinted at the Egyptian police’s involvement in the case, but the Interior Ministry has repeatedly denied any implication.