Amnesty Intl to request monthly Regeni progress report

Doesn't doubt Cantini's ability, doubts on reasons for return

13 September, 17:42

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, SEPTEMBER 13 - Amnesty International Italy said it will request a monthly progress report on developments in the investigation in the Giulio Regeni case, following the Italian government's decision to return its ambassador to Cairo, said Amnesty International Italy President Antonio Marchesi in a statement.

    Italy recalled its ambassador to Cairo in April 2016 following the January 2016 disappearance and killing of Regeni, an Italian graduate student.

    "The Italian government has assumed the responsibility of returning the ambassador to Cairo in the absence of any real development on the level of investigations," Marchesi said.

    "The 14th of each month, starting on October 14, once 30 days have passed since the return of the ambassador, we will ask the government to inform us on what 'steps forward' the decision will have facilitated," he said.

    "Ambassador Cantini's professionalism, experience, and competence are not in question," Marchesi said.

    "We're rather concerned that the decision to normalise diplomatic relations was taken only for reasons that differ from the search for the truth on the disappearance, torture, and killing of Giulio Regeni. Many in Cairo are sure of this," he said.

    "The first steps taken by the Egyptian government following the Italian decision - blackening the site of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, the same site that provided consulting to the Regeni family; the arrest of attorney Ibrahim Metwaly only 48 hours after his disappearance - are clear: those who continue to search for the truth on Giulio Regeni in Egypt will be silenced".(ANSAmed).

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