Egyptian investigators delay Rome trip to discuss murder of Italian student

April 4, 2016 19:07


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CAIRO - Egyptian officials have indefinitely postponed a trip to Rome to discuss the investigation into the murder of an Italian student whose body was dumped on the outskirts of Cairo in February, judicial and security sources said on Monday.

Human rights groups have said torture marks on the body of Giulio Regeni, 28, indicated he died at hands of Egyptian security forces, an allegation the Cairo government denies.The case has raised fresh questions about accusations of police brutality in Egypt, a strategic ally of the West and an important trade partner for Rome.

Egyptian officials were initially due in Italy on April 5 and later postponed the trip to April 7 but have now put it off again. The security and judicial sources did not provide a reason for the decision.

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