The trial begins by the brutal murder of the Giulio Regeni student, tortured by the Egyptian police

The trial begins in Italy by the murder of Giulio Regeni, the 28-year-old student killed in Egypt. Regeni, who held a PhD at the University of Cambridge, in t

The trial begins by the brutal murder of the Giulio Regeni student, tortured by the Egyptian police

The trial begins in Italy by the murder of Giulio Regeni, the 28-year-old student killed in Egypt. Regeni, who held a PhD at the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, was in Cairo, performing an investigation into Egyptian unions. The corpse of him was found mutilated in February 2016, days after the disappearance of him, on a road near Cairo, with signs of torture. The autopsy revealed horrible torture, multiple wounds and several broken bones, which suggests that he had received blows with "fists, sticks and hammers". On his forehead and in his hand, a letter "X" was found. They had torn off all the nails

On the day of the opening of the trial in rebellion against General Tariq Sabir, and the Officers Athal Kamel Mohamed Ibrahim, Uhsan Helmi and Magdi Ibrahim Abdelal Sharif, accused of kidnapping, torture and murder, will examine preliminary and crucial issues, such as reasons For which Egyptian intelligence agents are not present in the courtroom. The four suspects have not been officially informed of the opening of the process, as required by law. Against a "competition of evidence" has been built, with testimonies and documents that must be verified during the trial. Until now, Egypt has refused to provide its data and at a preliminary audience last May, a judge ruled that thanks to the media can be considered that the agents have been notified. That decision can be ratified or annulled this Thursday.

The Giulio family will be in the courtroom, assisted by lawyer Alessandra Ballerini, who has followed the progress and difficulties of research over the years. Paola and Claudio Regeni have already announced that they will call to declare the Presidents of the Council that have happened since 2016, the year of the murder. They are four 'premiers', starting with Matteo Renzi that left Paolo Gentiloni post in December 2016, followed by Giuseppe Conte and Mario Draghi himself. The List of Witnesses also includes the respective Chancelllars and Undersecretaries who were responsible for intelligence services.

The family of Regeni expects the trial at last the moment of truth, given the many shadows that are still surrounding the story. He intends to call to declare Egyptian leaders, including Sisi and their interior ministers. It remains to be seen if the leaders of Cairo, historically reluctant to collaborate with Italian researchers, will want to be available for an examination before the judges.

"Paola and Claudio tend to say that in Giulio all human rights have been violated. As of today we have the hopes based that at least the right to the truth is not violated. It took 64 months, but it is a good starting point" , Ballerini said on May 25, a day at which the judge of Preliminary Hearings Pier Luigi Balestrieri began a judgment nothing obvious, structuring the set of tracks collected by the Attorney Sergio Colaiocco and the Attorney General Michele Prestipino. Prestipino secured in December before a parliamentary committee that there was "significant evidence" that involved the four Egyptian officers in the murder, an accusation rejected by Egypt.

The researchers consider that Regeni was kidnapped and killed for being confused with a foreign spy. The reasons for the kidnapping of Regeni could be explained by the desire to "intimidate and press the victim" to obtain a series of sensitive information. In recent days, in Cambridge, where a commission is conducting a mission to meet with the academic authorities and the teachers of the young researcher, he spoke of Giulio's tutor, Maha Abdelrahaman. She's life, she admitted, took a turn around this murder.

Updated Date: 15 October 2021, 06:20

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