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Egypt to share student murder findings

BBC News BBC News 6/04/2016
Activists hold placards, which read, among others, "Giulio, one of us and killed like us", during a memorial for Italian Giulio Regeni outside the Italian embassy in Cairo (24 March 2016): Activists have held memorials for Giulio Regeni in Cairo © Reuters Activists have held memorials for Giulio Regeni in Cairo

Egyptian officials are to brief Italian counterparts in Rome on the progress of an investigation into the torture and murder of student Giulio Regeni.

Personal belongings of murdered Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni, including his passport (03 April 2016): Many in Italy think that Mr Regeni could have been targeted by the Egyptian intelligence services because of his research on trade unions and activism © AP Many in Italy think that Mr Regeni could have been targeted by the Egyptian intelligence services because of his research on trade unions and activism

The Cambridge student's murder outside Cairo earlier this year has shone a light on Egypt's human rights record.

Giulio Regeni's mother (L) and father (R) with a banner demanding truth about their son's murder: Giulio Regeni's mother (L) has threatened to make public a photo of her son's tortured body © Getty Images Giulio Regeni's mother (L) has threatened to make public a photo of her son's tortured body

Egyptian police and prosecutors are expected to share initial findings of their investigation, which has faced strong Italian criticism.

Mr Regeni, 28, disappeared on his way to meet a friend on 25 January.

His body, mutilated and showing signs of torture, was found in a ditch on 3 February.

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The BBC's Julian Miglierini in Rome says the case has strained the relationship between Egypt and Italy, and expectations for the meeting in Rome on Thursday morning are running high.

Our correspondent says that there is a feeling in Italy that the Egyptian authorities are not moving fast enough in their investigation into the murder.

His family and the Italian government have been unsatisfied by the several contradicting accounts given by the Egyptian authorities of what may have happened to the Cambridge University student after he went missing.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has said Italy would not settle for what he called a "convenient truth".

"We owe that to Giulio, his friends, his mother, father, his little sister and we owe it to all of us. We hope and we think Egypt can co-operate with our magistrates."

Many in Italy think that Mr Regeni could have been targeted by the Egyptian intelligence services because of his research on trade unions and activism.

But Cairo investigators have suggested that Giulio Regeni was kidnapped and killed by a criminal gang, possibly posing as members of Egyptian police.

At the meeting in Rome, Egyptian investigators are expected to deliver evidence such as phone taps, CCTV footage and forensic analyses which could help the Italian team carrying out a parallel inquiry.

Mr Regeni's mother, Paola Deffendi, recently told a Rome news conference that she and her husband had strong doubts about what the Egyptian authorities had said so far about the circumstances surrounding his murder.

Cairo deputy prosecutor Mostafa Soliman and another official are on Thursday due to be joined by police officers, including one from the Giza area where the young student's body was found.

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