Magazine article New Internationalist

Justice for Giulio

Magazine article New Internationalist

Justice for Giulio

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Giulio Regeni, an Italian PhD student at Cambridge University, travelled to Cairo in September 2015 to research the city's independent trade unions - a sensitive topic under President al-Sisi's military regime.

On 25 January 2016 he went missing. Nine days later his body was found in a ditch on the side of the Cairo-Alexandria highway. It bore gruesome bruises and lacerations that indicated torture.

After two years of disinformation and slow progress in the investigation, it is now accepted - by NGOs, journalists and Italian investigators - that Egypt's domestic security agency had Regeni under surveillance until his disappearance.

'There is no doubt that the regime apparatus was involved,' says Carlo Bonini, co-director of Nine Days in Cairo, a documentary that recently finished a tour of the UK to coincide with the two-year anniversary of Regeni's death. …

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