Egyptian parliament regrets Italy's "unjustified" conclusion on murder case of Italian postgraduate

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-01 06:01:46|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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CAIRO, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's House of Representatives on Friday voiced its regret about the Italian parliament's "unjustified" conclusion on the ongoing investigations into the murder of an Italian postgraduate student who was found dead in Cairo in early 2016.

"The Egyptian House expresses its sorrow at the unjustified position taken by the Italian parliament, especially it comes after a recent meeting between the two countries' prosecutions to complete probe into the case," the Egyptian parliament said in a statement.

The Egyptian parliament also expressed its commitment to the rule of law, denying any interference into the underway probe into the case.

Such unilateral measures by the Italian side do not achieve the two countries' interests and hinder efforts to uncover the truth and pervert the course of justice, the statement noted.

The statement came in response to the recent remarks by Italy's Chamber of Deputies Speaker Roberto Fico, who announced the suspension of parliamentary relations with the Egypt, until current investigations into the murder are finalized.

Giulio Regeni disappeared in Cairo on Jan. 25, 2016, and his tortured, half-naked body was found nine days later in a ditch on the outskirts of Cairo.

His disappearance and murder took place amid intensive security deployment in Cairo and other major cities in Egypt ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Jan. 25 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

A few weeks later, the Egyptian police said they busted and killed a five-member gang in Cairo and found Regeni's handbag, passport and student ID card at the residence of a gang member's relative.

Rome's chief prosecutor said the young researcher was under Egyptian surveillance before his death because of his research into Egypt's independent labor unions.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi repeatedly vowed to bring Regeni's murderers to justice, blaming "conspirators" who attempt to cause tension in Egypt's ties with Italy over the tragedy.