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Egypt interior ministry slams 'unfounded reports' police stopped Regeni on 25 Jan

The ministry warns it could take legal action against those who spread 'false rumors' after a news agency publishes report based on testimony of anonymous police officials

Ahram Online , Thursday 21 Apr 2016
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File Photo: Egypt's interior minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar (Photo: AP)
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Egypt's ministry of interior slammed a report by a news agency which claimed that anonymous sources told the agency slain Italian student Guilio Regeni was seen in the custody of authorities on the night he disappeared.

In an official statement released on Thursday evening, an interior ministry media spokesperson said that reports published by one news agency  that police or any other sovereign authorities stopped the Italian student and transferred him to a police facility were unfounded.

Earlier on Thursday, Reuters reported that several police and intelligence sources, who spoke to the agency on condition of anonymity, said that 28 PhD student Regeni had been detained by police on the 25  January in a police station near Ramsis Square in Cairo and held for thirty minutes before authorities transferred him to the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior in Downtown Cairo.

The ministry said it reserves its right to take all legal measures against those who "promote such rumors and false news". 

Regeni vanished from the streets of Cairo in the evening hours of 25 January, and his dead body was discovered in a ditch on the outskirts of the city nine days later, showing signs of extensive torture.

Egypt has repeatedly denied accusations by some critics locally and internationally that its authorities were involved in the killing of Regeni. 

The Egyptian authorities have been conducting an investigation into the murder of the Italian student, but have been unable so far to identify the perpetrators.

Earlier this month, an Egyptian security delegation visited Rome to share its up-to-date findings in the case with their Italian counterparts. 

The inability of the Egyptian authorities to apprehend those who killed Regeni has strained relations between Cairo and Rome, who enjoy strong political and economic ties.  

Italian police and government officials have urged Cairo to do more to make available to Rome information they believe would help in resolving the case. 

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aladin
25-04-2016 12:35pm
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no choice
What other choice does he have. Admitting it will be his lynching rope. Italy gov is a hypocrite; They know how brutal the Egyptian police has been but did not pay any attention until it hit home,their home.
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expat
23-04-2016 07:00pm
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wrong guy at the wrong place at the wrong time
in 2011 this "hero" would have been welcomned by leftist brothers to tell them about union rights in italy in 2016,its another country and another system and he should have known this! a country trapped between mounting debts, melting forreign currency reserves and militant uprisings at sinai and in the south is no longer an area to play "arabian spring" if deluded enough to still believe,that a forreign passport stops the "strong hand" to give you an advise,after this example nobody with a little knowledge about region and culture will make a self trial again and THATS, what was wished for...
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Richard
23-04-2016 02:53pm
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Prototype Spreading False Rumors in Egypt
The Interior ministry warns and threaten people, it could take legal action against those who spread 'false rumors' after a news agency publishes report based on testimony of anonymous police officials. An absolutely crooked and false statement from Abdel-Ghaffar While while the interior ministry itself started offering different versions of the story at the dead of PhD student Regeni. All this versions presented blatant inconsistencies. However, the Egyptian authorities have always denied the involvement of its security personnel. The anonymous testimony of police officials must be anonymous to protect these persons itself from so-called “legal actions” from same authorities. Anyhow, false rumors spreading in Egypt is quite normal. The same practice a few months before of different stories of the Sinai plane crash. First a received emergency call from pilot, then request of emergency landing at any airport in North Sinai as the aircraft already hit the ground, then showing wreckag
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