New summit on the Regeni murder case has been scheduled today in Cairo. There are five phone records, all of which belong to Egyptian citizens. Italian investigators are working on them to find answers to Giulio Regeni’s violent death. The phone traffic of five utilities that could be revealing, providing elements to those who are laboriously trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle on the truth about the death of the Italian researcher found dead on February 3 last year on the side of the road that leads from Cairo to Alexandria. Among the phone ‘numbers’ provided by the Egyptian judges to their counterparts from Rome, there is also that of Mohamed Abdallah, head of the union of street vendors. According to the latest findings, the man would have come in touch with Regeni who was following very closely the union’s work, especially the working conditions of street vendors in the Egyptian capital.
In fact, Giulio’s academic research had pushed him to attend some meetings of the independent union, the last one before he disappeared and tragically died on December 14. At that time something happened that struck Regeni to the point of feeling compelled to tell it to his friend. During that meeting, the researcher noted that the man was taking pictures of him. Most likely, our compatriot was among the few ‘westerners’ present at the event and being photographed troubled him. Abdallah’s phone will be analyzed by ROA and SCO specialists, who will control his calls and contacts before Regeni’s disappearance.
ROS and SCO officials have been invited to make the point of the situation in the last few days by the Attorney General of the Arab Republic of Egypt Ahmed Nabil Sadeq. The meeting with the Egyptian counterparts, according to reports, is scheduled on Sunday and they should return to Italy on Monday. At the center of the summit are going to be the developments of the investigations conducted after their meeting in Rome on 7 and 8 April. It is not to be excluded that they can exchange documents, in accordance with the requests expressed by the prosecutor Sergio Colaiocco in the letter rogatory sent on 14 April to Cairo. In the letter of request, they also asks for the delivery of the minutes of the testimonies and data concerning some towers.
Meanwhile yesterday, an additional 15-day remand in custody was decided for Ahmed Abdallah, the consultant of Giulio Regeni’s family in Cairo. Together with him there are four more people who were among the 18 persons who appeared before a Court of Review. The activist who is helping the family of the young Italian researcher tortured to death in Egypt and found in February in unclear circumstances (see related articles) has already announced that he will appeal. The man was arrested under the charge of subversive activities and participation in an unauthorized event, which has nothing to do with the Regeni case, as reported by judicial sources. There was tension during the hearing, when an activist entered the courtroom with a small piece of paper which read “Truth for Regeni” in Arabic and other activists tried to photograph him. There was a scuffle between bailiffs and lawyers. Police briefly sequestered the phones to delete the images. The courtroom, in which several journalists were present, was made clear. The Egyptian judiciary ‘invited’ the European diplomats present in the courtroom to leave it.
Still yesterday, Giulio Regeni’s parents talked during the flash mob organized by Amnesty International Italy in Piazza della Scala (Milan), to ask the truth about what happened. Paola and Claudio, who arrived to Milan to attend the XXXI General Assembly of the association that fights in defense of human rights, took the floor to thank the present activists and citizens. We carry on our fight for Giulio and also for all those who are in difficulty in the countries of the world where human rights are not respected and recognized. Let us move forward together.”
Giulio’s mother Paola talked after him. She thanked Amnesty Italy for the mobilization campaign to demand the truth about what happened to her son in Egypt. The yellow color of the campaign ‘Truth for Giulio Regeni’, “became Giulio Regeni’s color for everyone in Italy: friends, relatives, and acquaintances. When we see yellow, we think of him – she said -. This is a thought of peace all of us have to experience. For Giulio and all those who, like him, are suffering in other countries.” The mother concluded saying “let us move forward together for him and for all the others.”