Report: Egypt to present Italy with files on slain PhD student

Egypt will provide Italy with documents related to the investigations into the brutal killing of an Italian PhD student, state-run al-Ahram Online reported Saturday.

The death of Giulio Regeni, whose body showed signs of torture, shocked Italy and sparked international outrage.

The 28-year-old disappeared after leaving his house to meet up with a friend in central Cairo on January 25. His body was found on a highway outside of the Egyptian capital nine days later.

Al-Ahram, citing an unnamed judicial source, reported that Egyptian prosecutors had sent the results of its investigations to the Ministry of International Cooperation ahead of presenting the findings to Italy.

The documents include statements made by Regeni's friends in Egypt as well as statements from the last person he spoke with before his disappearance, according to the report.

They also include a call log acquired from an Egypt-based telecommunications company, a list of places Regeni frequented, and people who used to visit his house or meet him outside.

"The prosecution is willing to share all the case information with the Italian investigation team," the source was quoted as saying.

There was no official confirmation in Cairo.

On Thursday, the European Parliament in a resolution urged Egypt to share with Italy "all the documents and information necessary to enable a swift, transparent and impartial joint investigation." 

Regeni, a student at Britain's Cambridge University, was in Egypt to do academic research.

The date he went missing coincided with the fifth anniversary of the 2011 uprising that ousted longtime dictator Hosny Mubarak and was marked by extreme security measures to prevent anti-government protests.

Italian media have suggested that he was kidnapped and murdered by Egyptian security forces for having links with trade unions and other opposition groups.

Denying the suggestion, the Egyptian Interior Ministry has said that Regeni's killing may have been motivated by personal vengeance.

Last update: Sat, 12/03/2016 - 13:18

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