Italy mourns slain student as premier demands 'truth' from Egypt

ROME -- Italy's premier on Friday insisted his country's friendship with Egypt can only exist "if the truth emerges" in the death of an Italian doctoral student who was doing research in Cairo.

See Full Article

Premier Matteo Renzi, in remarks on Italian state radio on the day of Giulio Regeni's funeral, was keeping up the political pressure on the Egyptian government to find and bring to justice whoever tortured and killed the young man, who had been living in Cairo for a few months to research Egyptian labour movements for his doctorate from Cambridge University.

Regeni's body was found on Feb. 3, nine days after he disappeared while heading to a subway station.

In the victim's hometown of Fiumicello in northeastern Italy, friends streamed in from afar for a private funeral service being held Friday afternoon in a gym. Townspeople opened their homes, offering spare rooms and couches to mourners who couldn't find lodging in the town of a few thousand people.

The media and authorities were excluded, with the 1,000 chairs in the gym reserved for relatives and friends only. Those who couldn't fit inside huddled together under umbrellas in a light rain and followed the service through loudspeakers.

The 28-year-old student disappeared at the same time that Egyptian police and other security agents were out in force on Cairo's streets, determined to quickly quash any demonstrations to recall the anniversary of the country's uprising. His body was discovered along a road on Cairo's outskirts.

"It's a dramatic affair," Renzi said on the radio. "I again express condolences to Giulio's family and I say that which we have told the Egyptians: 'Friendship is a precious thing and it is possible only in truth."'

Italian state TV said, without citing sources, that the Italian investigators have spoken to a witness who told them two men, apparently plainclothes police, stopped Regeni and then escorted him away as the student walked the short distance from his apartment building to the subway stop.

Some of Regeni's friends in Cairo have also told Italian investigators that Regeni was unnerved one day in December when, as the only foreigner attending a labour meeting in the city, someone took his photo and then left.

Egyptian authorites initially blamed Regeni's death on a road accident. A second autopsy, done in Italy after his body arrived last week, determined that Regeni suffered a fatal fracture of a cervical vertebra, either from a strong blow to the neck or caused by a severe, forced, twisting of the neck. His hands, feet and other bones had multiple fractures and his face was heavily bruised, the autopsy found. Italian news reports said toe and fingernails had been ripped off.

Laboratory results to determine when he died are expected to take a few more days.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • LIVE UPDATES: Testimony to resume at Christopher Garnier's murder trial

    Canada News CTV News
    A Nova Scotia prosecutor focused yesterday on differences between what a man accused of murdering an off-duty police officer told police, and what he's told the jury. The Crown alleges Christopher Garnier punched and strangled 36-year-old constable Catherine Campbell after they met at a Halifax bar. Source
  • Winds, dry conditions expected to hamper efforts to tame California wildfire

    World News CBC News
    Powerful gusts of wind and dry conditions remain overriding concerns for Californian firefighters on Wednesday as they seek to tame a huge blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes. The so-called Thomas Fire has travelled 43 kilometres since it began on Dec. Source
  • Palestinian president says no role for U.S. in peace process after Trump's Jerusalem declaration

    World News CBC News
    The Palestinian president said Wednesday his people won't accept any role for the United States in the Middle East peace process "from now on," following U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Source
  • 'Nobody saved us': Man describes childhood in abusive 'cult'

    World News CTV News
    SPINDALE, N.C. -- Jamey Anderson vividly recalls being a skinny kid trembling on the floor of a dank, windowless storage room, waiting in terror for the next adult to open the door. He was bruised and exhausted after being held down while a group of Word of Faith Fellowship congregants -- including his mother and future stepfather -- beat him with a wooden paddle, he said. Source
  • Palestinian president says no role for U.S. in peace process

    World News CTV News
    ISTANBUL -- The Palestinian president said Wednesday his people will not accept any role for the United States in the Mideast peace process "from now on," following President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Source
  • Tillerson says U.S. open to talks with North Korea 'without preconditions'

    World News CBC News
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has softened the U.S. stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it "unrealistic" to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to give up a weapons of mass destruction program that it invested so much in developing. Source
  • Analysis: Trump bets on Moore and suffers stinging defeat

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Rarely has a sitting president rallied behind such a scandal-plagued candidate the way Donald Trump did with Alabama's Roy Moore. And rarely has that bet failed so spectacularly. Moore's defeat Tuesday in Alabama -- as stalwart a Republican state as they come -- left Trump unapologetic and his political allies shell-shocked. Source
  • 'Trump is not a kingmaker' as Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in Alabama

    World News CBC News
    Doug Jones made an appeal for "decency" to prevail over partisanship. Deeply conservative Alabama apparently listened, overturning a quarter-century of voting habits to elect him on Tuesday night in a stunning rebuff of the president, of an anti-establishment insurgency and of sexual harassment in Congress, Alabama politicos said. Source
  • EU says 'no turning back' for Brexit commitments

    World News CTV News
    BRUSSELS - European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Wednesday there will be "no turning back" for Britain on commitments made during an initial divorce deal between the two, after his U.K. counterpart insisted it was merely a "statement of intent. Source
  • Equalization not working for Newfoundland and Labrador, says finance minister

    Canada News CBC News
    Newfoundland and Labrador's finance minister says the province should get a better equalization deal from the federal government. "When you see other provinces with a smaller geography and a much larger population and are receiving a large portion of equalization payments, I challenge anybody to explain to me how Newfoundland and Labrador is still considered a 'have' province," Tom Osborne told CBC's Here and Now on Tuesday evening. Source