Finally, Egypt's brutal murderers are being tried by Italy ... Regeni murder: Italy orders four Egyptians to stand trial


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Egyptian dictator Al Sissi is complicit in the murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni by obstruction and obfuscation of investigations and by his protection of the murderers from justice.

I cannot understand how the West maintains a cordial relationship with the brutal regime of Al Sissi in Egypt which has murdered many thousands of people with impunity.

Egyptian security officials kidnapped, tortured and murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni and have confounded and obstructed investigations afterward.

Italy will prosecute the murderers in absentia because they are being protected by Egypt. But they will never leave Egypt again because they will be under arrest warrants.

Al Sissi should be tried for the murders he has committed.

Regeni murder: Italy orders four Egyptians to stand trial
Published25 May

Regeni's mutilated body was left in a ditch on the outskirts of Cairo
More than five years after an Italian student's body was found in Cairo, a Rome judge says four senior Egyptian security officials should face trial over his kidnap, torture and murder.

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

His body was so badly disfigured his mother could barely identify him.

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

The murder has heightened tensions between the two countries. Italian and Egyptian investigators had originally tried to work on the case together but when Rome prosecutors pushed for a trial in late 2020, their counterparts in Cairo said there was "insufficient evidence to support the accusation in court".

Egypt said evidence had been found that Regeni had been robbed by a criminal gang but that the killer had not been identified.

At the time of his disappearance, the 28-year-old PhD student was researching Egypt's independent trade unions, a controversial subject in a country where unofficial protest movements have faced a crackdown in recent years.

His body was found dumped in a ditch by a road near Cairo on 3 February 2016. An Italian post-mortem examination found he had been tortured "in stages" between 25 January and the day of his death.

Giulio Regeni's parents, Claudio and Paola, have campaigned for justice for their son for more than five years

Rome prosecutors went further, detailing "acute physical suffering" from kicks, punches, beatings, cuts and even burns from red-hot objects.

Egyptian officials have admitted Regeni was being monitored and Italian investigators said in 2018 that people he had met while doing his research had betrayed him.

Who are the suspects?
The four Egyptians all deny involvement in the student's disappearance and killing. Cairo prosecutors dropped all proceedings against them and a fifth suspect last December.

Gen Tariq Sabir, Col Usham Helmi, Col Athar Kamel Mohamed Ibrahim and Maj Magdi Ibrahim Abdelal Sharif all face charges in Italy of kidnapping Regeni. Maj Sharif is also accused of conspiring to inflict aggravated injuries and murder.

The student's parents, Paola Deffendi and Claudio Regeni, were at Tuesday's hearing to hear Judge Pierluigi Balestrieri rule that there was sufficient evidence to indict the four men.

Their lawyer, Alessandra Ballerini, told reporters that all the young man's rights had been violated, "but today we have the well-founded hope that at least the right to the truth will not be denied Giulio".

"It has taken us 64 months. But it is a good goal and a good starting point," she said.

Egyptian officials did not comment immediately on the decision and as the four suspects' home details have not been given to the Italians, there is little chance of contacting them or that the Cairo government will agree to them attending the trial.
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Al Sissi should be tried for the murder of Giulio Regeni along with the four generals who were directly involved.

The Australian government is complicit in associating with the perpetrators and for not calling for justice in this case.

Giulio Regeni’s last messages before his death in Egypt counter spy claims
Facebook messages from the Italian student killed in Cairo in 2016 show his concerns about studying in the country

Anthony Harwood
Mon 14 Jun 2021 09.55 BST

The Facebook messages written by the Cambridge student Giulio Regeni in the weeks leading up to his murder give the lie to any notion he was a spy or political agitator.

Even before he left England, Regeni was concerned about the risks he might face doing his thesis on trade unions in Egypt, a sensitive subject in the country.

But the 28-year-old thought the worst that could happen would be for him to be deported before he could finish his research.

Instead, he was snatched off the street and tortured and his semi-naked body dumped by the roadside in a brutal killing for which four Egyptian security officials are due to stand trial in Italy in October.

“Egypt is in a difficult state right now,” he wrote before leaving for Cairo, in messages shared with the Guardian by his friend. “The dictatorship is back and until recently it wasn’t clear how brutal it was going to become. It seems that it’s ‘stabilising’ now … this state of affairs is very precarious.”

Enforced disappearances are a daily occurrence under Egypt’s hardline president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Last year, the country’s human rights commission reported 2,723 enforced disappearances in the past five years, some of whom were tortured and shot.

Regeni is unusual because he was a foreigner, an Italian PhD student at Girton College who moved to Cairo in September 2015 to work on a development studies thesis about independent trade unions.

It was a touchy subject in a country that had seen a huge rise in worker representation during the Arab spring, which swept Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader, to power in 2012.

Twelve months later, Morsi was toppled in a coup that eventually installed the former general, Sisi, as the country’s leader, in a return to military rule.

Regeni, who had previously studied Arabic and politics at Leeds University, decided to research his thesis in Cairo from September 2015 to March 2016, with a two-week break at home with his family for Christmas in Fiumicello, north-east Italy.

In October, a month after his arrival, he described trade unions as “the only remaining force in civil society”.

He concentrated on the street vendors, of whom there were about 6 million, who had set up a union to combat government crackdowns. Regeni said the situation in Cairo was “depressing, but not manic like 2013”.

“This doesn’t feel like it’s going to be another 30 years,” he added, in reference to the length of rule of the previous army leader, Hosni Mubarak.

But things took a worrying turn when, at a meeting of union activists, Regeni spotted a veiled young woman taking his picture on her phone, which made him fear he was under surveillance.

Street vendors in the central Attaba district of Cairo, on February 2021
Street vendors in the central Attaba district of Cairo, on February 2021. Regeni’s work focussed on them while he was in Egypt. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images
He was also getting irritated by vendors hassling him for mobile phones and the head of their union asking for money for family medical bills. When the student said he could not help, Mohamed Abdallah reported him to police, later claiming he thought he was a spy.

In one of his last Facebook messages, Regeni asked for help with his English in a paper he had written.

Five days later he was snatched off the street on his way to an evening out.

Nine days after that his body was found, dumped on the side of the Cairo-Alexandria highway. He had been tortured; beaten, burned and stabbed before his neck was broken after he was struck from behind with a heavy, blunt object.

Giulio Regeni went missing while researching Egypt’s unions.
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His injuries were so severe that when his mother, Paola, saw his body she could only recognise him from the “tip of his nose”.

What followed was an apparent cover-up by the authorities. President Sisi, in an interview with the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, vowed to track down the culprits. Instead it was then claimed there had been a robbery by a gang, all now dead.

But Italian investigators discovered phone records that showed the leader of the gang – all killed in a police shootout – was not even in Cairo at the time Regeni disappeared. They concluded the student’s identity documents had been planted at one of their addresses.

In large part due to eyewitnesses coming forward to say they saw Regeni being interrogated at the National Security Agency headquarters, an Italian judge last month said the four senior Egyptian security officials should stand trial. Gen Tariq Sabir, Col Usham Helmi, Col Athar Kamel Mohamed Ibrahim and Maj Magdi Ibrahim Abdelal Sharif face charges of aggravated kidnapping. Sharif is also being accused of conspiracy to commit murder.

Egypt has closed the case and refuses to extradite the suspects to Italy, so the trial will go ahead without them.

Johannes Svensson shared a flat in Cairo with Regeni while he was working for a UN agency in 2013, at the time Morsi was overthrown.

“He was interested in how this group of street vendors, who you might suspect are quite weak, organises itself in an efficient way and manages to have some political leverage.”

Regeni was an academic, not a political agitator, says Svensson.

In fact, he described Regeni as the “cautious” one when they were together on the streets in July 2013 to witness the celebrations after Morsi’s overthrow.

Since his death, Regeni has become a martyr – or shahid – for the disappeared in Sisi’s Egypt.

“That’s why there’s graffiti of him in Cairo,” says Regeni’s anonymous Facebook friend. “He is a representative figure of that.”


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The Al Sissi govt is not the Moslem Brotherhood I guess.
The Muslim Brotherhood did not murder thousands of unarmed people and did not jail tens of thousands of protesters and did not murder an Italian Student Eugenio Regeni like Al Sissi and his butchers did.

There is no evidence that the Muslim Brotherhood of 2013 was a violent or terrorist organization.

HBS Guy too easily swallows US propaganda.


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No, it is what the US and Aust governments might think. Read and don’t jump to judgement so quick.


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It is not what they think. It is propaganda by the US government. There were no incidents of violence by members of the Muslim Brotherhood against the US or its allies. The Muslim Brotherhood's actions were political, not military.

One of the Muslim Brotherhood's major activities in Egypt was providing health services to Egyptian poor people who couldn't otherwise afford medical treatment.

The Muslim brotherhood was politically opposed to despotic leaders like those of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the Gulf states. That is why the Americans were against the Muslim Brotherhood because they were mobilizing public opinion against those despots.

" ... The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood was legalized in 2011 and won several elections,[14] including the 2012 presidential election when its candidate Mohamed Morsi became Egypt's first president to gain power through an election,[15] though one year later, following massive demonstrations and unrest, he was overthrown by the military and placed under house arrest. The group was then banned in Egypt and declared as a terrorist organization. Persian Gulf monarchies of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates followed suit, driven by the perception that the Brotherhood is a threat to their authoritarian rule.[16] The Brotherhood itself claims to be a peaceful, democratic organization, and that its leader "condemns violence and violent acts".[17]

Today, the primary state backers of the Muslim Brotherhood are Qatar and Turkey. ..."


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There should be a rehab program for people who have been traumatized by bogus US anti-Muslim propaganda.

Meanwhile, despot Al Sissi murders and incarcerates scores of people of all nationalities without a murmur from the USA, or from lap dog Australia for that matter.