Just a few days ago we watched a video of Giulio Regeni. Beyond the reasons behind its dissemination (the Egyptian prosecutor’s office released it,before the Italians did), the video shows a guy who would have turned 29 years old on Jan. 15, passionate about his work, rigorous, professional, empathetic, human.
The previously unpublished footage surfaced Wednesday, the anniversary of the Tahrir Square riots and exactly one year after Regeni’s abduction a few meters from his home in Cairo after the last telephone contact he had with his friend Gennaro Gervasio at 7:41 p.m. The researcher from Friuli, Italy, found dead on the road to Alexandria on Feb. 3, 2016, is seen in the tape recorded by Mohammed Abdallah, the union representative for Cairene street vendors, with a hidden camera. In the video Abdallah states that he has delivered Regeni to “the Interior” guys.
The prosecutor of Rome, which has been in possession of that long recording (one hour and 55 minutes) since the last meeting with Egyptian investigators held in Rome in early December, has always suspected that the video (shot on Jan. 6, 2016 ) had been filmed with spy cameras provided by the Egyptian police to the leader of the hawkers.
This is another demonstration of the fact that even regarding the duration of investigations conducted by the Cairo prosecution on Regeni (“since Jan. 7, after Abdallah’s information and only for three days,” according to Attorney General Sadek) the whole truth has never revealed.