Egyptian Security Officials to be Tried in Italy over Alleged kidnap, Torture, and Murder of Student

 A Rome judge says four senior Egyptian security officials should face trial over his kidnap, torture, and murder.

Over five years ago, an Italian student’s body was found in Cairo, bearing extensive signs of torture in which his body was badly disfigured that even his mother could barely identify him.

Giulio Regeni, a Cambridge University postgraduate student, disappeared in January 2016.

The four members of the Egyptian security forces are unlikely to travel to Rome for the 14 October trial.

The judge agreed that the evidence collected by Rome prosecutors during a four-year-long investigation was sufficient to press charges against General Tariq Sabir, Colonel Usham Helmi, Colonel Athar Kamel Mohamed Ibrahim, and Major Magdi Ibrahim Abdelal Sharif for aggravated kidnapping. 

Among the four suspects, only Sharif was accused of murder.

The judge also ruled that the suspects failed voluntarily, and not due to a lack of information, to attend the trial, allowing the court case to proceed in absentia.

The family lawyer of the victim said that the parents welcomed the decision of the judge.

“We hope that at least the right to the truth will not be denied Giulio. All the other rights were denied him,” lawyer Alessandra Ballerini told reporters.

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