CAIRO: Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadek ordered Wednesday the formation of a joint team to investigate the murder of Italian researcher Guilio Regeni, according to a statement from the General Prosecution Office.
There are three teams of prosecutors; one to investigate the murder in Giza governorate, while the second team conducts inquiries in New Cairo where suspects of his killing were found and fatally shot by security forces. The third team investigates in Shubra el-Kheima city of Qaliobia governorate where Regeni’s stolen belongings were seized.
The statement added that Sadek has updated his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Buitoni via phone on the latest development of the investigations.
Cambridge PhD student and visiting scholar at the American University in Cairo Guilio Regeni, 28, was murdered in late January or early February and the initial investigations revealed signs of torture on his body.
Three days ago in Shubra New Cairo, the Egyptian Interior Ministry stated that police had killed four “gang members” suspected of involvement in the killing of Regeni; they also arrested two other suspects. However, Italy has not been convinced of Egyptian statements.
The police stated that they Regeni’s belongings were hidden in an apartment in Shubra el-Kheima where one of suspects lives, the statement noted.