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Mother of Egypt's Khaled Said sends solidarity message to mother of Italy's Regeni

The mother of Khaled Said, whose murder at the hands of police in June 2010 sparked widespread public anger in the last months of the Mubarak regime, tells Regeni's mother: 'I feel your pain'

Ahram Online , Saturday 2 Apr 2016
Laila Marzouq and Paola
Laila Marzouq (L), the mother of Khaled Said, wears a pendant with a photo of her son as she prays at his grave in Alexandria, Egypt Monday, June 6, 2011, and Paola (R), the mother of Giulio Regeni, follows his coffin during his funeral service in Fiumicello, Northern Italy, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 (AP)
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The mother of Khaled Said, the young man whose killing by police in 2010 helped spark public anger before the 2011 revolution, expressed her condolences to the mother of recently-killed Italian student Giulio Regeni in a video released on Saturday.

"I offer condolences to the mother of the martyr Regeni, and I feel for you and feel your pain, as I myself still suffer even now for my son Khaled," Laila Marzouk said in a one-minute video uploaded on YouTube.

Regeni's body was found on 3 February by a highway on the outskirts of Cairo, bearing signs of torture. The 28-year-old PhD student, who was in Cairo studying independent trade unions, went missing on 25 January. 

"I thank you for standing with us and for caring about torture cases in Egypt and will continue the journey of your son," added Marzouk.

In 2010, Said, 28, was beaten to death by two low-ranking policemen in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria. Both of the officers are currently serving a 10-year jail sentence.

Photos of Said's disfigured face were widely circulated on social media after his death, leading to protests.

Last week Egyptian police broadcast images of Regeni's passport and student identity cards, which they said were discovered in a flat connected to a gang who had been allegedly robbing foreigners.

All four members of the alleged gang were killed last week in a shoot-out with police. 

Egyptian police said they have no evidence the four were connected to Regeni's murder.

Police have also said that Regeni's murder still remains a mystery due to what they described as the enormous volume of personal connections he established during his stay in Egypt.

But Egypt's new findings have been met with scepticism by the Italian investigators and by Regeni's family. 

Regeni's mother Paola has recently threatened to release a photo of her son's mutilated body, should Egypt fail to uncover the truth behind his death.

An Egyptian prosecutorial delegation is set to travel to Rome on Monday to update Italian prosecutors on their latest findings.

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expat
02-04-2016 11:50pm
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besides all man made policies....
mothers knows best,what they invested to bring up their children and how hoorific is their loss the hypocrit media and force should know it,because it will one day be their down fall
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Aly Sadek - Toronto-Canada
02-04-2016 10:01pm
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Egypt...
.. THE TRUTH..AND NOTHING LESS THEN " WHAT REALLY HAPPENED..??? WHO IS RESPONSIBLE..?? THEN WHAT WOULD BE THE NEXT STEP..?? THE ONE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION..???
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Tut
02-04-2016 08:38pm
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Igniting a global revolution
The torture and murder of Mr. Said ignited the 2011 Egyptian revolution against the police state thugs. The murder of Mr. Regeni could have a more powerful effect, igniting a global pressure on the Egyptian police-state thugs to treat Egyptians and visitors with dignity and humanity. The 2011 revolution may have faded away under the brutal policies of the police state, but global economic pressure, tourism boycott, and investment blockage could make a bigger impact.
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Al
02-04-2016 08:10pm
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Egyptians deserve better ...
than Siis's police state. They used to say "people deserve their government because they elect them" in the case of the Egyptians; they didn't elect jail, torture, and killing of innocent civilians; It was imposed on them!
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Samantha Criscione
02-04-2016 08:01pm
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A provocation intended to slander Egypt?
The international media and the Italian government have decided that the Egyptian government is guilty for Regeni's death, but it does not make sense. First, if Egypt considers a foreigner a troublemaker, all the government need do is cancel his visa and tell him to leave. Second, security agencies torture people either to intimidate their comrades, or, more likely, to extract information. Neither would apply to Regeni, who certainly knew orders of magnitude less about local trade unions than security forces. Third, and most glaring, if Egyptian security people did kill Regeni, the LAST thing they would do is dump his body where it would be found. Doing so would obviously permit forces hostile to Egypt to create an international cause célèbre. The question is: cui bono? Who gained from this crime? The big gainer: the Brotherhood, for whom dirty tricks are mother's milk. Regeni's disappearance on January 25 has the earmarks of a Brotherhood ‘commemoration’.--Samantha Criscione
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