Italy protests to Egypt over slain student

2016-04-08 21:09
A university identification card belonging to slain Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni is displayed by Egypt's Interior Ministry.  (AP)

A university identification card belonging to slain Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni is displayed by Egypt's Interior Ministry. (AP)

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Rome - Italy on Friday recalled its ambassador to Egypt for consultations in protest over the lack of progress in a probe into the fate of slain student Giulio Regeni.

The move came after two days of talks between Egyptian and Italian investigators in Rome ended without a resolution of tensions between the two countries over the fate of Regeni, whose tortured body was discovered outside Cairo on February 3.

A statement by the Rome prosecutor in charge of the case said that the Egyptians had handed over phone records of two of Regeni's Italian friends who were in Cairo at the time of his disappearance, as well as photos taken on the day his body was discovered.

The statement made no mention of CCTV footage of the neighbourhood from which Regeni disappeared on January 25, which the Italians had asked to see.

The Egyptian team indicated that they were still considering the possibility that Regeni had been abducted by an anti-foreigner criminal gang whose members all died in a police shootout last month.

The Italian prosecutor "reiterated his conviction that there are no elements to directly link the gang to the torture and death of Giulio Regeni," the statement said.

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