Egyptian officials to investigate torture of dead Italian student


An Italian student who went missing in Cairo has died and an investigation has been launched into signs of torture on his body, found dumped next to a road, security officials said on Thursday.

Giulio Regeni (28) disappeared on January 25, the five-year anniversary of the uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. His body has been taken to a Cairo morgue, a morgue worker and security officials said.

In the run-up to the anniversary, police detained activists and warned people not to demonstrate. No significant protests took place.

A friend of Regeni said he disappeared after leaving his home in an upper middle class district to meet a friend downtown.

Last year, Islamic State militants kidnapped a Croatian man from the outskirts of Cairo and later beheaded him, but such incidents are rare and there was a heavy police presence in downtown Cairo when Regeni went missing.