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Killing of Giulio Regeni doesn't reflect 'tolerant Egyptian character': Egyptian minister

Ahram Online , Saturday 5 Mar 2016
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Egypt's tourism minister Hisham Zaazou (Al-Ahram)
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Egypt's Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou described on Saturday the murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni as an "inhuman act" that "does not at all reflect the tolerant Egyptian character, which protects anyone who visits." 
 
Attending a Catholic mass held in memory of the 28-year-old student at St Joseph Church in downtown Cairo, Zaazou said: "We are here to share grief with his family, friends, and the Italian people. We offer our sincere condolences for the loss of this young man, and we affirm that we will overcome this hardship."
 
"What had happened is not accepted at all… This has been an inhuman act that the Egyptian people do not accept at all."
 
Egypt has continuously rejected reports that the PhD student, who went missing on 25 January and whose body was subsequently found on a roadside in February bearing signs of torture, had been in custody before his death.
 
In earlier official statements, the Egyptian interior ministry described the reports as “completely false,” adding that a team of Egyptian investigators is in “complete cooperation” with the Italian authorities to determine the circumstances of the killing.
 
No culprits behind Regeni's murder have been identified, although the interior ministry has suggested that criminal activity or revenge for personal reasons may have been behind the murder.
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Sam Enslow
07-03-2016 08:39am
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If an Egyptian loses his nose, he will find it in someone elses business.
There is a big difference between the 'official' Egyptian and real Egyptians. Real Egyptians are a basketful of characters, some very nice people. There is also a big difference between 'official' Egypt and the Egypt Egyptians must deal with every day. Naguib Mahfouz did an excellent job describing Egyptians. Slices of Egyptian life have been discussed by Aswany in books like Chicago and The Yacobian Building. The real Egyptian needs to be allowed to live. The problems faced by them must be exposed and solved. Tolerant, good Egyptians? If that is true, why doesn't the minister include 'meeting the Egyptian people' as part of his tourism promotions? Most travel to get to know various peoples and cultures. As a foreigner just try to know Egyptians.If you do, expect the Egyptian to be questioned by the police. Know an Egyptian, and you may place him in danger. Shame. A treasure of Egypt, Egyptians, is wasted. Why is the government ashamed of its own people? Foreigners are spies?
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zakki
06-03-2016 10:12am
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Everybody knows that in Egypt the Police have tortured tausends of people, tausends are missed..but nobody care...first if one foreigner is involved they try to lie..and the toletant egyptian charakter? How many deaths on Footbal stadium? How many Rabaa? Etc...
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Al
05-03-2016 11:42pm
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No it doesn't
Egyptian people are NOT inhuman or animals. The same couldn't be said for the police state! Thousands of youth, activists, and journalists are feared to face the same fate!!
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expat
05-03-2016 11:22pm
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its getting annoying with this guy
this dream teller from a 10% minority of copts,who is only in office,because sissi didnt find anybody to replace this lunatic liar after his last resignation,isc really becoming a hasle to the brain cells he represents max 10% of the egyptian population and if he visits luxor for example,he has to kiss the shoes of el tayeb to be welcomned.. 80% of the egyptians wanted sharia as only rule even before 2008......get it?
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