Egypt hands over Public Prosecution's documents in Regeni murder case to Italian ambassador

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Tue, 15 Jun 2021 - 11:13 GMT

CAIRO – 16 June 2021: Egypt’s Attorney General Hamada el-Sawy handed over, Tuesday to the Italian Ambassador to Egypt Giampaolo Cantini two copies of the Prosecution's documents in the Giulio Regeni's murder case.

The two copies, written in Arabic and Italian, shed light on all legal actions undertaken by the prosecution to crack the case until the announcement of its decision to suspend further legal action because the identity of the perpetrator of the murder crime against the Italian researcher was unknown, the Public Prosecution said in a statement.

It also said that the documents showed that the public prosecution asked investigators to continue to seek the identity of the murderer.

Sawy met with Cantini in the presence of Italian Embassy's First Secretary Giulia Mantini and Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Badr Abdel Ati.

Among the documents which the Italian ambassador received was a one containing the Kenyan judicial authorities' reply to the Egyptian prosecution's inquiry about reports alleging that a Kenyan policeman claimed he knew from an Egyptian officer how Regeni was killed. The Kenyan authorities denied the reports.

Sawy stressed the importance of submitting all these papers to the Italian court examining the case as they include details that refute accusations directed to Egyptian police officers over killing Regeni.

Last December, The Egyptian Public Prosecutor announced that currently there is no base for filing a criminal case on the killing, abduction, and physical torture incident of Julio Regeni.

The Public Prosecutor instructed investigation entities to carry on their work to identify the culprit(s), and dropped the charges against four officers and a policeman affiliated to the National Security Agency.

Furthermore, the criminal case of robbery is dropped given the death of the defendants.

The Public Prosecution began investigation on February 3, 2016 when citizens found the body of the victim on the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road. The investigations lasted for almost five years

In those years, the Public Prosecution determined the events that occurred since his disappearance until the body was found as well as the details of his stay in Egypt. During that time, he traveled to and from Egypt several times having as destinations Italy, Turkey, and Israel.

The investigations also identified his Egyptian and non-Egyptian acquaintances. That is in addition to his moves within the framework of the scientific research he was conducting on syndicates, workers' movements, and independent syndicates, particularly the syndicate of pedestrian vendors and irregular workers under the supervision of the American University in Cairo (AUC).

The investigations also closely delineated his activities in the last days before his disappearance and on the day he disappeared until the body was found.

The Public Prosecution took measures for the autopsy to take place in order to determine the cause of death. Also, his clothes; objects from where the body was lying; the data on the victim's phone's SIM card; SIM cards that were present in the place where he was last there and the place where the body was found; and, the content of surveillance cameras located where he disappeared were analyzed.

Moreover, the Public Prosecution got testimonies from almost 120 witnesses, and requested investigations by security agencies. Such investigations indicated that the victim – within the framework of carrying out a scientific research – was in contact with a number of members of the independent syndicates of freelance professions and pedestrian vendors as well as members of various political groups.

The victim was present in sites where they meet, and criticized in his conversations with them the behavior of certain political groups in the country and how they handle political mobility. He expressed concern over the danger such groups compose to the stability of Egypt. Investigations proved the victim's talks with pedestrian vendors about the ruling system in Egypt, and that he was asserting they can change the status quo like what happened in other countries.

The Public Prosecution inspected the residence of the victim in Egypt, and found out that his parents had collected all his belongings, including his laptop, right after his death was announced.

 

 

 

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