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EP deplores lack of cooperation on Regeni case

EP deplores lack of cooperation on Regeni case

(ANSA) - Strasbourg, March 27 - The European Parliament on
Wednesday deplored the lack of adequate investigative and
judicial cooperation with Mideast and North African countries
"in the cases of detention, violence or death of EU citizens,"
citing the case of Italian researcher Giulio Regeni, tortured
and murdered in Cairo in late January-early February 2016.
"The Regeni case is a grave wound in relations with Egypt,
which I believe cannot be ignored," said rapporteur Brando
Benifei of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD).
"We cannot think of continuing over the next few years
relations as Europe with countries that ignore and trample on
our right to see respected the security and safety of our
citizens, and the truth brought to light in the case of
He said "I will continue to carry on the request for the
truth on Giulio Regeni".
Regeni, a 28-year-old Cambridge doctoral student researching
Cairo street sellers unions, disappeared on the Cairo metro on
February 25, 2016, the highly policed fifth anniversary of the
uprising that ousted former strongman Hosni Mubarak.
His mutilated body was found in a ditch on the highway to
Alexandria on February 3.
His parents said they could only recognise him "from the tip
of his nose".
Egypt has put out several explanations for his death
including a car accident, a gay lovers' tiff turned ugly and a
kidnapping for ransom in which the alleged gang, criminals but
presumably innocent of the Regeni murder, were later wiped out.
Italy recently placed several members of the Egyptian
security apparatus under investigation in the case - after which
bilateral cooperation ground to a halt.

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