- L 'student Regeni found dead in 2016, had been tortured
- Egyptian officials, police deny any involvement in the murder
- TheItaly says trial is important to uphold rule of law
ROME, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - Four senior officials Egyptian security services will be tried in absentia on Thursday in an Italian court for their alleged role in the disappearance and murder of student Giulio Regeni in Cairo in 2016.
Italy hopes the trial will shed light on a murder that shocked the country and strained ties with Egypt, which has repeatedly denied that its officials had anything to do with the brutal death of Regeni.
"The search for the truth has always been and will continue to be a fundamental objective in our relations with the Egypt "Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio told a parliamentary committee of inquiry into the case last month.
"Achieve a tablFinal water, in a fair trial, will not bring Giulio back to his parents, but it will reaffirm the strength of justice, transparency and the rule of law he believed in. "
A postgraduate student at the British University of Cambridge, Regeni disappeared in the Egyptian capital in January 2016. His body was found almost a week ago later and an autopsy showed he had been extensively tortured before his death.
Italian and Egyptian prosecutors jointly investigated the case, but the two parties then fell out and came to very different conclusions.
'ABDUCTION AGGRAVATED '
Italian prosecutors say that Major Magdi Sha rif, Egyptian general intelligence,
Sharif was also charged with "conspiracy to commit aggravated murder ".
The suspects have never publicly responded to the charges and the Egyptian police and authorities have denied on several occasions any involvement in the disappearance and murder of Regeni. learn more
Court-appointed defense attorneys say trial should not take place as it is uncertain whether any of the suspects are at the during the procedure. However, a judge dismissed their objection at a preliminary hearing in May, saying the news of the investigation would have reached them anyway.
Regeniwas in Cairo to do some research. Egyptian independent unions for his doctoral thesis. The associates say he was also interested in the long-standing domination of the Egyptian economy by the state and the military. Both matters are sensitive in Egypt.
Prosecutors say they have evidence that Sharif forwarded Regeni to informants and ultimately had him arrested in a Cairo metro station. The indictment states that Sharif and other unidentified Egyptian officials then tortured Regeni for several days, causing him "severe physical suffering ".
Egyptian authorities first stated that Regeni had died in a road accident. They then stated that he was kidnapped by gangsters who were later captured and killed by the police.
The duration of the trialst not clear. The government has said it will seek to extradite anyone convicted. Crispian Balmer report; Edited by Alex Richardson
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