Trial starts of Egyptian security forces accused of killing Italian student

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The trial of four high-ranking members of Egyptian security forces began on Thursday without Egyptians facing charges that they were involved in the kidnapping, torture and murder of an Italian doctoral student in Cairo.

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Giulio Regeni’s parents and sister went into the courtyard of Rome without giving any statement.

The Italian government announced on the eve of the trial that it would be involved in the civil part of the trial as an injured party in the case.

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In December, Italian prosecutors formally placed four Egyptians under investigation for their alleged roles in the 2016 murder of Mr. Regeni, and a judge ordered them to stand trial in May.

It has always been expected that in his absence he will be prosecuted.

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Mr Regeny’s body was found on a highway on January 25, 2016, days after he disappeared in the Egyptian capital.

He was in Cairo to research union activities among street vendors as part of his doctoral thesis.

Her mother has said that her body was so mutilated by torture that she could only recognize the tip of his nose when she saw it.

Human rights activists have said his body had scars as a result of widespread torture in Egyptian facilities.

Egyptian authorities have alleged that Cambridge University doctoral students became victims of simple robbers. The case strained relations between Italy and Egypt, Rome’s allies in their efforts to counter terrorism.

At one point, Italy withdrew its ambassador to press for Egypt’s cooperation in the investigation.

On the eve of the trial, the speaker of Italy’s lower house of deputy, Roberto Fico, sent his support to Regeni’s parents “for their tenacity and their humanity”.

“If we look back over the years, and think about the enormous effort it took to get here to reconstruct a plot in spite of Egypt’s misdirections and all kinds of resistance, we understand that the opening of the trial How important and meaningful it really is”.

AP

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