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Sisi blames international criticism of Regeni case on domestic 'lies'

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Apr 2016
Snapshot from State TV shows Egypt's Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi speaks during a public meeting attended by public figure and top officials in Cairo, Egypt, April 13, 2016
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President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Wednesday that the investigation into the murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo was being conducted with the "utmost transparency," and blamed some Egyptians he said had spread “lies” about the case.

In a nationally televised speech, El-Sisi blamed "evil" people in Egypt for "lie- and allegation-mongering" about the case and embarrasing Egypt internationally.

"We have done that to ourselves and put Egypt in trouble," El-Sisi said, in reference to accusations the country's security forces were involved in the PhD student's murder.

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.

The case has strained ties between Cairo and Rome, otherwise close allies, prompting Italy last week to recall its ambassador to Egypt for consultations, after Egypt refused to share evidence deemed relevant to the case. Egyptian prosecutors said the Italian request for a large volume of call logs was "illegal and unconstitutional."

In his address, El-Sisi stressed that Cairo enjoys "special relations" with the Italians, emphasising that "Rome was quick to back Egypt following the 30 June revolution."

El-Sisi said the involvement of the country's judiciary in the investigation of Regeni's murder gives the process credibility.

"And you still do not believe?" he asked rhetorically.

He expressed his condolences to Regeni's family.

The Egyptian president urged the media to be more cautious about what they publish, describing media handling of the issue as "scary" and saying that relying on social media as a source of information in relation to such issues is "very dangerous."

 Egyptian officials  have repeatedly denied claims that security forces were involved in Regeni's murder.

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14-04-2016 02:06pm
Sisi slams Italy ...
The Sisi government’s first line of defense is always to blame the international community for all Egypt’s ills. One won’t be surprised if very soon Sisi slams Italy for sending their people to Egypt to study!
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13-04-2016 05:12pm
what are the facts?
International people, media, and governments are NOT stupid, they don’t need to read a couple of views from Egyptian ‘evil’ people to make their own minds. If the 40,000 political prisoners is not a fact, if the jailed journalists is not a fact, if the arrested peaceful protesters is not a fact, if the body of Mr. Regeni covered in cigarette burns and mutilations is not a fact; then tell us General Sisi what are YOUR facts?
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13-04-2016 04:44pm
Ah yes...
Your daily dose of the whole world is wrong in their criticism of Egypt and it's policies and Egypt is right and correct all along.. Moving right along...
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