Forensic experts say murdered Italian student 'was tortured for seven days’
*The findings are the strongest indication yet that Mr Regeni was killed by Egypt’s security forces and point to torture methods including burning the body with cigarettes over several days, which human rights groups describe as a hallmark of the security services *
An Italian Cambridge University PhD student murdered in Egypt last month was tortured for up to seven days before his death, according to a leading forensics expert.
Hisham Abdel Hamid, the director of the Department of Forensic Medicine, told the public prosecutor’s office that wounds on the body of Giulio Regeni, 28, had been inflicted over intervals of between 10 and 14 hours.
The findings are the strongest indication yet that Mr Regeni was killed by Egypt’s security forces. They point to torture methods including burning the body with cigarettes over several days, something human rights groups describe as a hallmark of the security services.
Mr Regeni went missing on 25 January, the fifth anniversary of the uprising that ended former President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule and caused Egypt’s feared police force to vanish temporarily from the streets.
I remember when this student went missing, then found dead. This latest news is very alarming.
Although Mr Regeni had written articles critical of the Egyptian government, he worked under a pseudonym and it remains unclear whether he was specifically targeted.
His murder took place at a time of heightened suspicion and xenophobia among the country’s political and security establishment, but observers say the brutality was extreme, even for Egypt, where dozens of people have been killed in custody in recent years.
Often, these things happen in countries such as Egypt but unless it happens to “one of our own” so to speak, we may be somewhat indifferent.
Prayers for this young man’s soul and for his family, it must be terrible to go through this.