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Foreign ministry slams Amnesty International for ‘incitement’ against Egypt in Regeni probe

The spokesperson for Egypt’s foreign ministry says that the international human rights organisation is biased against Egypt

Ahram Online , Wednesday 22 Jun 2016
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Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt’s foreign ministry slammed on Wednesday Amnesty International for what it called its “incitement” against Egypt in the Giulio Regeni case.

Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu El-Zeid told reporters in Cairo that the international human rights organisation "took a new route in its incitement against Egypt".

Abu Zeid was answering questions from reporters regarding Italian news reports speaking about a letter from Amnesty International to Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni that accused Egyptian authorities of failing to cooperate in the probe of Italian PhD student Regeni.

Regeni, who was in Cairo conducting research on independent trade unions, went missing on 25 January. His body was found, bearing signs of severe torture, by a roadside on the outskirts of the capital nine days later.

Accusing Amnesty International of being biased, Abu Zeid questioned why the organisation did not criticise in its letter the University of Cambridge which did not cooperate with the Regini family or reveal any information about the late student to their lawyer.

"This confirmed Amnesy's bias against Egypt. It has been intentionally criticising the human rights situation in the country," he said.

Last week, Italian FM Paolo Gentiloni announced that Italy would not send back its ambassador to Cairo over Egypt’s handling of investigations into the murder of Regeni in Egypt earlier this year.  

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has insisted that the investigation into the murder of Regeni in Cairo is being conducted with the "utmost transparency," with Egyptian officials repeatedly denying speculation that security forces were involved in the murder.

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