Italy to Try Four Egyptian Agents in Killing of Italian Student

Prosecutors in Italy can attempt 4 Egyptian safety brokers on costs of kidnapping, torturing and murdering an Italian doctoral pupil whose brutalized physique was discovered on the outskirts of Cairo in 2016, a decide in Rome dominated on Tuesday.

The brokers from Egypt’s National Security Agency can be tried in absentia in the dying of the scholar, Giulio Regeni, after the authorized authorities in Rome have been unable to speak to them or discover their addresses in Egypt.

The decide, Pier Luigi Balestrieri, dominated that, given the eye given to the case in the Italian and worldwide media, it was inconceivable for the defendants to be unaware of the authorized proceedings towards them, and ordered a trial to begin in October.

“It took us 64 months,” Alessandra Ballerini, the lawyer for Paola and Claudio Regeni, the dad and mom of the murdered pupil, advised reporters earlier than leaving the courtroom. “But today is a good finish line and a good starting point.”

“Paola and Claudio often say that all human rights were violated against Giulio,” Ms. Ballerini added. “Today we have hope that at least the right to justice won’t be violated.”

Maj. Madgi Ibrahim Abdelal Sharif, Maj. Gen. Tariq Sabir, Col. Athar Kamel Mohamed Ibrahim and Col. Uhsam Helmi are accused of the “aggravated kidnapping” of Mr. Regeni, who was researching labor unions in Cairo when he vanished, and will face up to 10 years in jail on that cost. Public defenders have been robotically appointed for them in the Italian judicial system.

Maj. Sharif, who can be charged with “conspiracy to commit aggravated murder,” might additionally obtain a life sentence. If the defendants are discovered responsible, Italian authorities might resolve to search their extradition from Egypt.

More than 5 years after the killing, the case nonetheless receives intense media protection in Italy, and the Regeni household and their lawyer usually communicate at conferences on human rights and earlier than pupil teams, and seem on nationwide tv in their marketing campaign to search the reality in regards to the killing. Last week, they met with Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

Many Italian politicians have promised to assist the Regenis in their quest for justice, however Egypt has in latest years stopped cooperating with investigators on the case, making extradition unlikely.

The inquiry in Rome is generally based mostly on proof gathered in Cairo by the Italian police, or from their evaluation of video footage from the subway station the place Mr. Regeni disappeared and cellphone visitors in the world. A quantity of witnesses have come ahead in latest months. Their nationalities and identities are being saved secret by Italian authorities to defend them.

According to courtroom paperwork, one witness noticed Mr. Regeni, 28, handcuffed and with evident indicators of torture in an workplace of Egypt’s Interior Ministry, one other overheard a confession that Maj. Sharif allegedly made to a colleague throughout a mission in Nairobi, Kenya.

A 3rd mentioned vendor who’s believed to have betrayed Mr. Regeni and spied on him on behalf of the National Security Agency, was conscious that Mr. Regeni was taken to the company’s workplaces, the paperwork say. A fourth mentioned that the officers firmly believed that Mr. Regeni was a spy, discovering it suspicious that he was doing his Ph.D. at Cambridge University in Britain.