Egyptian prosecutors on Monday slammed their Italian counterparts’ push to have 5 Egyptian police and intelligence officers stand trial in Italy over the 2016 abduction, torture and killing of an Italian researcher in Cairo.
Italy has for years pressured Cairo to determine and prosecute these liable for the loss of life of 28-year-old Giulio Regeni, who disappeared for a number of days in January 2016 earlier than his physique was discovered on a desert freeway north of the Egyptian capital.
Since late 2018, Italian prosecutors have referred to as for Egypt handy over the 5 intelligence and cops or to not less than assist Italy prosecute them in absentia.
Rome has additionally carried out its personal investigation, which is predicted to wrap up quickly. In keeping with the Egyptian prosecutors’ assertion on Monday, the Rome prosecutors have notified the Egyptians that they’re going to conclude their investigation with expenses in opposition to the 5.
The Egyptian assertion stated this was “baseless,” and that Regeni’s killer stays unknown. As well as, Egypt’s prosecution on Monday stated it could shut its investigation quickly — presumably to forestall any additional strikes by the Italian facet.
Nevertheless, an Italian parliamentary fee on Regeni’s loss of life was to satisfy on Tuesday in Rome for a briefing on the standing of the investigation.
Regeni was a Cambridge College graduate pupil who was researching commerce unions in Egypt.
A spokesman for Egypt’s Inside Ministry, which oversees the police, didn’t instantly return requests for remark.
Regeni’s dad and mom, Paola and Claudio, reacted angrily, issuing a a press release by the household lawyer, Alessandra Ballerini.
“We consider that our authorities should pay attention to this newest slap within the face and instantly recall the ambassador” from Cairo, the Italian information company LaPresse quoted their assertion as saying.
The Regenis stated they appreciated the “resolute dedication of our prosecutors, who had been capable of conclude the investigations with out being worn down or letting themselves be confounded by the quite a few makes an attempt to get them off observe, by the interminable postponements and by the dearth of Egyptian responses.”
The assertion additionally decried the “fixed and blatant absence of collaboration by the a part of the regime,” together with not responding to formal judicial questions posed by the Italian authorities in 2019 and “not even wanting to produce the formal addresses of the 5 Nationwide Safety officers, who had been formally listed as being beneath investigation two years in the past.”
For suspects to be delivered to trial in Italy, even in absentia, they have to be formally notified that an indictment request has been issued. Italian media have reported that Egyptian authorities have balked at offering Italian justice officers with the official addresses of the suspects to ensure that the notification to happen.
The 5 suspected officers named by Italian prosecutors had been being investigated on attainable abduction expenses associated to the killing. They’re a now-retired major-general and a serious on the home department of the safety company, two police colonels and a junior police officer, in response to officers in Cairo. At the least one of many officers has been reassigned to a distant province.
Police Maj. Gen. Tareq Saber was a prime official on the home safety company on the time of Regeni’s abduction and killing. He retired in 2017. Police Maj. Sherif Magdy served on the similar company, and was accountable for the workforce that positioned Regeni beneath surveillance.
The police officers had been Col. Hesham Helmy, who served on the time of the kidnapping at a safety heart accountable for policing the Cairo district the place Regeni lived; Col. Acer Kamal, who was head of a police division accountable for road operations and self-discipline; and junior police officer Mahmoud Nejm.
Rome Prosecutor Sergio Colaiocco stated in 2018 that the suspects are believed to have been lively members in Regeni’s abduction in Cairo on Jan. 25, 2016 — the fifth anniversary of Egypt’s widespread rebellion in opposition to President Hosni Mubarak. The nation on the time was run by President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and hundreds of policemen deployed throughout Cairo on the anniversary to pre-empt any try and mark the event.
The torture marks on Regeni’s physique resembled the outcomes of widespread torture practices in Egyptian detention services, activists and rights teams have stated.