Egypt prosecution detains two women linked to Regeni case
26 March 2016, 20:41
Cairo – Egyptian prosecutors ordered on Saturday the four-day
detention of two women arrested in an apartment where police found the
belongings of murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni, a prosecution official
The women are the wife and a sister of one of four slain gang
members whom police have linked to the brutal murder of Regeni, whose mutilated
body was found more than week after his disappearance in Cairo on January 25.
They are accused of concealing a crime and being in the possession
of stolen material, the official said.
Egyptian police announced on Thursday that they killed four gang
members in a shootout, and then discovered Regeni's passport and wallet in the
home of a suspect's sister.
Italy has cast doubt on the suggestion that the gang members – who
allegedly posed as police to extort foreigners and Egyptians – were behind
"Italy insists: we want the truth," wrote Italian
Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni on his Twitter, while prosecutors in Rome rejected
the latest conclusions of the Egyptian probe.
Italian media and western diplomatic sources in Cairo have voiced
suspicions that Egyptian security services kidnapped and tortured to death the
28-year-old Cambridge University graduate student.
Rome prosecutor Giuseppe Pignatone said in a statement that
"details communicated so far are not satisfactory to shed light on the
death of Giulio Regeni. Investigations must therefore continue."
According to Italian government sources, Premier Matteo Renzi has
promised the parents of the young student that Rome will continue to put
pressure on Egypt to establish the full truth behind his death.
Quoted by Italian press, Regeni's parents said they were
"injured and bitter" at Egyptian authorities' latest attempt to explain
their son's death.
Regeni had been researching labour movements in Egypt, a sensitive
topic, and had written articles critical of the government under a pen name.
In a statement late on Friday, the Egyptian interior ministry said
it was investigating the gang's links to Regeni's murder.
investigation apparatus is continuing, in coordination with the Italian
security team, in its efforts to examine the gang's links, and the
circumstances of the crimes and the areas in which they occurred," the