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Italy recalls ambassador to Cairo for consultations over Regeni's murder

Egypt says it hadn't been notified officially about the recall

Ahram Online , Friday 8 Apr 2016
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Italy recalled its ambassador to Egypt for consultations on Friday after two days of meetings between Italian and Egyptian investigators over the murder of an Italian PhD student whose body was found in Cairo in February.

Egyptian foreign ministry's spokesman, Ahmed Abu Zeid, said the ministry hadn't been notified officially about the recall, and did not know the reasons for the decision, "particularly as no statement has been issued yet regarding the results of the meeting between the Egyptian and Italian investigation teams looking into the case of the murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni."

An Egyptian delegation headed to Rome on Wednesday to submit a 2000-page report to chief prosecutor Giuseppe Pignatone on Cairo's investigation into the killing of Regeni.

Abu Zeid added the ministry is awaiting the return of the Egyptian team to Cairo to hear their evaluation about the results of the meetings, and what the Italian side would announce on the aftermath of the meetings being conducted in Rome for the last couple of days.

Following the recalling of ambassador Maurizio Massari, the Italian foreign ministry said the decision was made to allow for "an urgent evaluation" of what steps to take to "ascertain the truth about the barbaric murder of Giulio Regeni", according to a statement.

"Italy will stop only when it has the truth," Italian Prime Minister Renzi said on Facebook after the ambassador was recalled.

The 28-year-old Regeni vanished from the streets of Cairo on 25 January. His body was discovered in a ditch on the outskirts of the Cairo nine days later, showing signs of extensive torture.

Given the sensitive topic of Regeni's research – independent trade unions – his disappearance was quickly considered by some to be an instance of abduction by government agents, who human rights advocates blame for other cases of forced disappearance.

However, the interior ministry strongly denied any link with Regeni's death.

Last month Egyptian police said they had found the Italian's passport and other belongings in the possession of one of the families of a member of an alleged gang of kidnappers who robbed foreigners.

Police killed all four members of the alleged gang in a shoot out in late March.

Many Italian officials have publicly expressed scepticism towards the transparency of Cairo's investigation.

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A proud Egyptian
09-04-2016 06:07am
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Knowing your true friends
I think the Italians have overreacted badly - it is at times like these that you know who your true friends are! For argument's sake, what if an Egyptian was killed in Italy (in the same way) by the murderous Italian Mafia, would EGYPT blame ITALY, as a country, for this incident and demand that they solve the crime to their satisfaction or else! I think Italy will regret taking such a hard line against Egypt instead of listening and co-operating to resolve the problem and that is what true friends do at a time of tragedy.
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Al
09-04-2016 01:34am
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When will Sisi act ...
When will Sisi fire the Minister of police thugs, sorry 'Interior' and save face with Italy and the Egyptian people? Is the butcher minister, who's responsible for jailing and torturing thousands of Egyptians worth losing Italy as an ally, a trading partner, an investor, and major tourism source? If Sisi's answer is 'yes' then good bye Italy, and the rest of the civilized world!
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Al
08-04-2016 07:53pm
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Sisi was right!
Sisi said that these 'individual incidents' will NOT affect the relationship between Italy & Egypt, he was right on both counts!!
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Steve
08-04-2016 11:10pm
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Hahahaha!!!!
Wait... a little more.... hahahahahaha....! The funniest thing I've read all day!
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