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Egypt's top prosecutor in Rome for meeting on Regeni murder case

Ahram Online , Thursday 8 Sep 2016
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Egypt's top prosecutor Nabil Sadek travelled to Rome on Thursday to hold talks with his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Pignatone, reported MENA agency, in the latest round of meetings between investigators from the two countries probing the murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni.

During the two-day visit the prosecutors will discuss the latest findings in the investigation into the PhD student's death. 

It is the third such meeting between Egyptian prosecutors and investigators looking into the case and their Italian counterparts, after previous meetings in Cairo on 14 March and Rome on 7 April.

Regini, who was in Cairo conducting research on independent trade unions, went missing on 25 January. His body was found, bearing signs of torture, by a roadside on the outskirts of Cairo on 3 February.

Egypt has strongly denied claims that security forces were involved in Regeni's murder.

The Italian government recalled their ambassador to Cairo in April in response to Egypt's handling of the investigation, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said. Italian officials have publicly criticised what they described as a lack of transparency from the Egyptian side.

A new Italian ambassador to Cairo, Giampaolo Cantini, was appointed in May but has not yet taken up residence in Egypt.

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has repeatedly stated in various interviews that the Regeni murder should not affect Egypt-Italian relations.

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