Body of Italian student found in Cairo returned to Italy

Body of Italian student found in Cairo has been flown back to Rome as investigations by Egyptian and Italian authorities continue

Italian student Giulio Regeni who had been criticising the Egyptian government in his articles was found dead after he went missing in Cairo.

The body of an Italian student who was found dead by a roadside in Cairo after being tortured has been returned to Rome on Saturday morning, Egyptian airport officials and Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said.

Giulio Regeni, the 28-year-old doctoral student at Britain's University of Cambridge, was found dead on Wednesday, after his disappearance on Jan. 25, the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

He had written articles critical of the Egyptian government, according to Il Manifesto a left-wing Italian newspaper that published them.

Italy's ANSA news agency reported that Italian prosecutors have ordered an autopsy as part of the investigation into Regeni's death.

Egypt has already carried out an autopsy and prosecutors investigating the case said they are waiting for a full report.

Regeni was found half naked with multiple stab wounds, cigarette burns and other signs of torture, Egyptian officials said.

Gentiloni told reporters in Amsterdam that the victim’s body has been transported to Rome and eventually will be taken to the Italian city of Trieste.

Italian Giulio Regeni was found dead in the Egyptian capital Cairo on January 27, 2016.

Italian foreign minister also said preliminary arrests in connection with the case have been made, but Egyptian officials denied that anyone had been arrested.

Regeni’s final article which was published a few days before he went missing, describes the difficulties faced by independent unions in Egypt under President Abdel Fattah al Sisi.

The newspaper said, he had asked to use a pseudonym on his articles.

"President Abdel Fattah al Sisi presides over the Egyptian parliament with the highest number of police and military personnel in the history of the country, and Egypt ranks among the worst offenders with respect to press freedom," the first paragraph of Regeni’s story read.

Egypt has been in turbulence since the military deposed the country's first democratically-elected president President Mohamed Morsi in a 2013 coup.

Following Morsi’s overthrow, Egyptian authorities launched a crackdown, killing hundreds and arresting thousands of Morsi supporters, also scores of people have disappeared.

Rights groups say over 40,000 people have been detained by Egyptian authorities in the past two years.


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