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Trial starts of Egyptian security forces accused of killing Italian student

Trial starts of Egyptian security forces accused of killing Italian student
The case has strained relations between Cairo and Rome

The trial of four high-ranking members of Egypt’s security forces started Thursday without the Egyptians on hand to face charges they were involved in the abduction, torture and killing in Cairo of an Italian doctoral 学生.

Giulio Regeni’s parents and sister walked into the 罗马 courthouse without making a statement.

The Italian 政府 announced on the eve of the trial that it would join the trial’s civil portion as an injured party in the case.

In December, Italian prosecutors formally put the four Egyptians under investigation for their alleged roles in the 2016 slaying of Mr Regeni, and a judge ordered them to stand trial in May.

It has always been expected that they would be tried in absentia.

Mr Regeni’s body was found on a highway days after he disappeared in the Egyptian capital on 25 一月 2016.

He was in Cairo to research union activities among street vendors as part of his doctoral thesis.

His mother has said his body was so mutilated by torture that she was only able to recognise the tip of his nose when she viewed it.

Human rights activists have said the marks on his body resembled those resulting from widespread torture in Egyptian facilities.

Egyptian authorities have alleged that the Cambridge University doctoral student fell victim to ordinary robbers. The case strained relations between 意大利 and Egypt, an ally for 罗马 in efforts to combat terrorism.

在一个点上, Italy withdrew its ambassador to press for Egyptian cooperation in the investigation.

On the eve of the trial, the president of Italy’s lower chamber of deputies, Roberto Fico, sent his support to Regeni’s parents “for their tenacity and their humanity.”.

“If we look back over the years, and think of the enormous effort it took to get here, to reconstruct a plot despite Egyptian misdirections and resistances of all kinds, we understand how important and full of meaning” the opening of the trial really is.

美联社