Italian president urges “common commitment” to find truth behind death of student in Egypt

Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Monday called for a “common commitment” to find the truth in the murder of Giulio Regeni, an Italian student killed in Egypt five years ago.

On the fifth anniversary of his death, Mattarella renewed his solidarity with the student’s parents and their relentless search for justice.

Giulio Regeni, 28, was a PhD student at the Cambridge University in Britain, and his researches focused on Egyptian trade unions and labor organizations.

He disappeared in Cairo on Jan. 25, 2016, while he was reportedly on his way to meet a friend. His body was recovered on Feb. 3 in a ditch on the outskirt of the capital. Post-mortem examinations carried out in Egypt and in Italy showed signs of severe torture on his body, Italian media reported.

The case has so far strained the relationship between Italy and Egypt, and led the Italian government to withdraw its ambassador to Cairo between 2016 and 2017.

In December 2020, Rome prosecutors announced their intention to charge four Egyptian security officers with aggravated kidnapping and, in one case, with conspiracy to commit aggravated murder.

Egypt’s public prosecution office described Rome’s accusations against the four intelligence and police officers as “baseless” and in late December, said the perpetrators of the murder were still unknown and asked investigators to keep searching for suspects.