Cairo’s attorney general announced on Wednesday the establishment of a new commission to investigate the death of Italian student Giulio Regeni in 2016 after the Prime Minister’s visit to Egypt.
The new commission will be tasked with « establishing the truth (…) in complete neutrality and independence » of the Regeni case, prosecutor Hamada Sawy said in a statement.
Giulio Regeni, then 28, disappeared in Cairo on January 25, 2016. His body was later found atrociously mutilated and tortured in the suburbs of Cairo a few days later.
The results of an autopsy carried out in Rome, during the repatriation of the body of the student researcher, revealed numerous fractures (including of the skull), indicating that he died under torture.
Nevertheless, Egypt denies the involvement of its security forces in the death of Regeni. The student was investigating Egyptian unions, a very sensitive subject in Egypt.
At the start of the case, the Egyptian authorities announced his death in a road accident before retracting and accusing a group of criminals who the police subsequently eliminated.
The Cairo prosecution’s announcement on Wednesday came after Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte visited Cairo.
In parallel with the visit, an Egyptian and an Italian commission of inquiry met to work on the Regeni affair.
Conte met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday, who on the occasion reaffirmed in a statement that Egypt “supports cooperation between the competent Egyptian and Italian authorities in their investigation into the circumstances of the case Regeni « .
The affair poisons relations between Cairo and Rome, with Italy regularly accusing the Egyptian authorities of not cooperating.
In April 2016, Italy recalled its ambassador from Egypt, not returning a new one until almost a year later.