Egyptian police arrested and beat an Italian student who was later found murdered because they thought he was a British spy, according to fresh testimony reported by Italian newspapers on Sunday.
The conversation about the tumultuous situation in Egypt in Arabic took place at a police convention in an unnamed African country in 2017 and was related to Italian prosecutors who have now asked Egyptian authorities for more information.
The Italian foreign ministry tweeted Sunday that it “supports the Rome prosecutor’s request for information, in the strong hope that it contributes to the path of justice for Giulio Regeni.”.
The unnamed eavesdropper learned the Egyptian’s name when he exchanged business cards with a colleague, La Repubblica said.
“We thought he was an English spy, we picked him up, I went and after putting him in the car we had to beat him.
I myself hit him several times in the face,” the intelligence agent said, according to the Correre della Sera newspaper.
Egypt has always denied suggestions that its security services were involved in the death of Regeni, who was researching trade unions, a sensitive subject in Egypt. »