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Egypt stresses to Italy 'full transparency' in investigations over student's killing

Wednesday’s meeting is the first since Egypt stressed in July to Italy its serious desire to “get to the truth” behind Regeni’s murder after the formation of a new Egyptian investigative team

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Ahram Online , Wednesday 28 Oct 2020
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Egypt’s prosecutor-general Hamada Al-Sawy meets Italian prosecutors for talks over Regeni murder investigation (Photo Courtesy of Egyptian Prosecution)
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Egypt’s prosecutor-general stressed to Italian prosecutors on Wednesday “full transparency” over investigations related to the controversial 2016 murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo.

According to an official statement, Prosecutor-General Hamada Al-Sawy met with Italian prosecutors investigating the case, stressing the “unity of purpose” between both countries’ prosecutors despite the difference in legal systems.

Al-Sawy affirmed the prosecution’s full transparency, adding that the prosecution “does not have anything to hide in terms of fact-finding and procedures…and does not adopt particular views [over the investigations].

The Egyptian top prosecutor also stressed that the upcoming meetings should see an “exchange of expertise” to reach the truth and not just be about “defending different viewpoints”.

He stressed “exchanged confidence” between the two countries’ prosecutions, and the respect of legislations from both sides.

He said that Egyptian prosecutors will provide all their information over the case to their Italian counterparts, expressing his wish for a similar exchange of information from the Italian side in Rome.

Wednesday’s meeting is the first since Egypt’s top prosecutor stressed, in July to his Italian counterpart, his country’s serious desire to “get to the truth” behind Regeni’s murder. This came after the formation of a new Egyptian investigative team earlier this year, over the case.

Egyptian and Italian authorities have been cooperating in the ongoing investigation of the 28-year-old Italian student, who was conducting research on independent trade unions, when he went missing on the fifth anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 Revolution. He was found dead 10 days later bearing signs of torture.
The cooperation had faltered last year after Italy accused Egypt of not taking any steps or overtures following Rome's decision to place five members of Egyptian security forces under official investigation for their alleged involvement in the torture and murder of the slain student. 
 
Regeni's killing also led to a brief diplomatic rift in 2016, when Italy's ambassador to Cairo was recalled in protest of Egypt's handling of the case. The ambassador then returned in September 2017.
 
Egyptian officials have repeatedly dismissed allegations that security officials were involved in Regeni’s killing. 

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