The workplace of Egypt’s prosecutor common introduced at present it had cleared 5 police personnel of any suspicion of involvement within the 2016 homicide of Italian graduate scholar Giulio Regeni in Cairo.
The announcement got here simply weeks after Italian prosecutors introduced felony costs in opposition to 4 Egyptian safety personnel with ties to Egypt’s Nationwide Safety Company. Italian investigators gave the boys — Maj. Gen. Tariq Ali Sabir, Col. Aser Mohamed Ibrahim, Maj. Magdi Ibrahim Abdelal Sherif and Captain Hesham Hemli — till Wednesday to current proof of their protection.
Egyptian prosecutor Hamada al-Sawy’s workplace stated it might not pursue additional felony investigation in the meanwhile, claiming the identification of the perpetrator is unknown. His workplace additionally stated it might shut its investigation into the theft of Regeni’s belongings, saying the boys allegedly present in possession of his gadgets have been killed in a firefight with Egyptian safety forces in 2016.
Authorities in Italy have accused Cairo of failing to cooperate with its investigation right into a homicide that bore lots of the hallmarks of Egypt’s feared home intelligence companies. Rome’s inquiry discovered that Regeni’s social analysis involving Cairo’s commerce unions led Egyptian safety forces to suspect he was agitating in opposition to the federal government.
Regeni disappeared in 2016 on the anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian revolution after heading out from his residence to Cairo’s downtown Tahrir Sq.. A former Egyptian intelligence official later advised Italian investigators that Regeni was tortured for days on the grounds of Egypt’s Inside Ministry. Regeni later died beneath interrogation and his physique was dumped within the desert close to the Cairo-Alexandria freeway exterior of the capital, based on this data.
Prosecutors in Rome have cited a witness account that Sherif bragged throughout a safety convention in Kenya that he had personally overwhelmed Regeni. Sherif additionally supplied a financial reward to no less than one of many Nationwide Safety Company informants, Muhammad Abdallah, Regeni’s contact within the commerce union, Italian investigators discovered.
Shortly after his dying, Egyptian investigators stated Regeni had doubtless died in a automobile crash. Later, after police killed 5 males in a van in Cairo, authorities claimed to have discovered Regeni’s passport and different possessions in an residence linked to the boys, and stated he had been kidnapped by an area felony gang.
Witnesses advised reporters that the boys within the van, a few of whom had felony information, have been executed.
Egyptian state-controlled media additionally aired video footage taken by an informant exhibiting Regeni had supplied to assist an unbiased labor union apply for a $13,000 grant from a nongovernmental group based mostly in the UK. Egyptian media cited the video as proof the Italian graduate scholar was in search of to undermine the federal government.
The Italian trial of the 4 Egyptian safety officers is ready to start within the spring. They are going to be doubtless tried in absentia.