of Italian student shows signs of torture: Egypt officials
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[February 04, 2016]
By Amina Ismail and Ahmed Mohamed Hassan
CAIRO (Reuters) - The body of an Italian
student who went missing in Cairo was found half naked by the roadside
with cigarette burns and other signs of torture, a senior Egyptian
prosecutor said on Thursday.
In Rome, Italy's Foreign Ministry summoned the Egyptian ambassador
to express concern over the death of Giulio Regeni, who disappeared
on Jan. 25, the five-year anniversary of the uprising that ended
Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.
The body of the 28-year-old Cambridge University doctoral student
has been taken to a Cairo morgue, a morgue worker and security
Security officials said an investigation had begun. Regeni was found
at the start of the highway from Cairo to Alexandria, they said.
A friend said Regeni had disappeared after leaving his home in a
smart district in Cairo to meet another friend downtown.
Last year, Islamic State militants kidnapped a Croatian man from the
outskirts of Cairo and later beheaded him, but such incidents are
rare and there was a heavy police presence in downtown Cairo when
Regeni went missing.
Although the cause of death is still unclear, Regeni's case could
hurt Egypt's efforts to project an image of stability and attract
more tourism and foreign investment after years of political turmoil
and Islamist militant violence.
The Italian Foreign Ministry's director general, Michele Valensise,
"urgently" summoned Egyptian Ambassador Amr Mostafa Kamal Helmy
after Regeni's body was found on Wednesday.
The ministry said it expected "maximum collaboration at all levels
in light of the exceptional gravity of what happened".
Italian Industry Minister Federica Guidi cut short a two-day visit
to Egypt on Wednesday after Regeni's death was reported.
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A copy of Regeni's CV, provided by another friend, indicated he
spoke four languages and had won several scholarships. His research
focused on trade unions in Egypt after the 2011 uprising that ended
Mubarak's 30-year rule.
Human rights groups say Egyptians are often detained by police on
little evidence and beaten or coerced. Scores have disappeared since
2013. Egypt denies allegations of police brutality.
Islamist militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers since
the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood
in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. They have also
(Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Louise Ireland)
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