Edited by Nelly T.
The first day of talks between Italian and Egyptian officials in Rome has come to a close, the meeting aimed to end the deadlock In the investigation into the murder if Giulio Regeni a young Cambridge University researcher whose torture and death in Cairo have strained diplomatic relations.
The 5-people Egyptian team is headed by Cairo’s deputy prosecutor, Mostafa Soliman and presented a 2000 page dossier during several hours of talks at a police training building.
On 3 February Renegi’s body was found in a ditch in Cairo over a week after he disappeared while on his way to a friends house. Officials first said he may have been killed in a traffic accident however autopsy findings carried out in Cairo and Rome presented evidence that something different occurred.
Renegi’s body was said to have shown that he suffered extensive and prolonged torture before his death; it was then that Egyptian authorities changed their report to blaming a criminal gang instead but outside observers said Renegi’s murder bears the hallmarks of a state sponsored killing.
Paolo Gentiloni, Italy’s foreign minister has deemed this weeks bilateral collaboration inadequate and warned Egypt that “proportional measures” would be taken if they failed to provide answers.
The pressure placed on Cairo to name a suspect is only intensified by the fact that Italy’s investigative team is pushing their Egyptian counterparts to provide Regeni’s phone records and other evidence.
According to sources a senior Egyptian policeman named in Italian media is most likely to be held responsible, the same policeman was named in an anonymous letter published by La Repubblica newspaper on Wednesday, which gave details of those allegedly involved in Renegi’s death.