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20:26, 24 May 2018 Thursday
Update: 03:09, 15 August 2017 Tuesday

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Italy sends envoy back to Egypt after student killing
Italy sends envoy back to Egypt after student killing

But Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano suggested there were more prospects now for the truth to be revealed.

World Bulletin / News Desk

Italy announced Monday that it is sending an ambassador back to Cairo, 15 months after withdrawing the previous one to protest the slow pace of a probe into an Italian student's grisly murder.

The family of Giulio Regeni, who disappeared in Cairo in January 2016 and was found dead 10 days later having been brutally tortured and mutilated, immediately voiced its anger at the Italian government's decision.

"In the light of developments made in cooperation between Italian and Egyptian investigators... the government has decided to send ambassador Giampaolo Cantini to the Egyptian capital," he said in a statement.

"The Italian government remains committed to shedding full light on the tragic disappearance of Giulio, by sending to Cairo an authoritative figure tasked with helping in seeking the truth," he said.

Italy has rejected multiple theories suggested by Egyptian investigators, including a road accident, a botched crime or a personal vendetta, and always insisted that those responsible be found and brought to justice.

The Italian press and western diplomats in Egypt suspect members of Egyptian security services of having abducted, and fatally tortured Regeni, a 28-year-old doctoral student who was writing about trade unions in the country.

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