Missing Italian Student in Egypt Found Deceased under Suspicious Circumstances
Fahwad Al-Khadoumi (nsnbc) : The Director General of Italy’s Foreign Ministry, on Thursday, summoned the Egyptian Ambassador to Rome to express concerns about the death of the Italian student Giulio Regeni in Egypt.
The Italian Foreign Ministry’s Director General, Michele Valensise urged Egyptian Ambassador Amr Mostafa Kamal Helmy to launch a joint Egyptian – Italian investigation of the death of the 28-year-old Giulio Regeni.
Regeni’s body was found on Wednesday after an intensive search for the missing graduate student at Britain’s Cambridge University.
Giulio Regeni had been reported as missing on January 25. The Italian Foreign Ministry’s call for the joint investigation came because the body of the deceased showed signs of torture. The Ministry stressed that it expects “maximum cooperation at all levels in the light of the exceptional gravity of what happened”.
Egyptian Ambassador Amr Mostafa Kamal Helmy responded by expressing profound condolences for Regeni’s death. Helmy assured that Egypt will cooperate fully in finding those responsible for the crime. Earlier this week the Egyptian Foreign Ministry notified security forces to track down Giulio Regeni, who has been missing since Jan. 25.
Regeni was a Cambridge PhD student at Girton College in the department of Political and International Department. He was a visiting scholar for the American University in Cairo. Regeni went reportedly missing as he was heading from Giza’s Behoos metro station to Bab-el-Louk in downtown.
It is at this point in time uncertain whether or not Giulio Regeni has had ties to a foreign intelligence service or to any of the outlawed organizations in Egypt. It is, however, noteworthy that American Universities are known for being hotbeds for western intelligence services’ formal and informal “assets”; the American University in Cairo included.
The list of Alumni from The American University in Cairo includes, among others, CIA Director John Brennan and New York Times “columnist” Thomas Friedman.
F/AK – nsnbc 04.02.2016
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