Patience with Egypt is wearing thin, both in Italy and Egypt. Since the government of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi released its verdict on the death of Giulio Regeni on Thursday, comments have flooded social networks and online newspapers with incredulous questions.
Why would a criminal gang torture a foreigner for days just to rob him? Why are police refusing to respond to legitimate questions from the alternative press? Why would the murderers — characterized as specialists in defrauding and robbing foreigners — keep IDs, drugs and money for two months?
The independent online newspaper El Tahrir went a step further and listed the obvious contradictions in the government’s version. For instance, the photographs of the bodies of the four criminals, made public a few hours after police killed them, show the faces of people between 20-30 years old. Yet, in the Interior Ministry’s Facebook post Thursday night, they listed the slain suspects as 26, 40, 52 and 60. Who then, the paper asks, are the four dead people?
And why didn’t the police let the Italian investigators in Cairo know of their intention to carry out a raid on Regeni’s killers? Why slaughter them without even trying to arrest them? Of course, writes El Tahrir, by offering up culprits, el-Sisi’s government might liberate its own security services from two months of withering criticism and suspicion.