The capture, disappearance, torture and murder of Giulio Regeni was not the work of a few “bad apples” within the Egyptian security forces. These actions have the mark of a state action: the state headed by coup leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
The parents of the Italian researcher and their lawyer, Alessandra Ballerini, say so “without a doubt.” They have returned to the spotlight one year after the death for a press conference in the Italian Senate with the President of the Human Rights Commission Luigi Manconi and the spokesman of Amnesty International Italia Riccardo Noury.
“Thanks to the intelligence of Rome’s prosecutor and to the courage of our collaborators, and despite the many false leads and the lack of cooperation from the Egyptian authorities that still endures today, we have evidence,” Ballerini told the room. “We have the names and faces of many links in the chain, even if we don’t have them all: We do not know yet who the main instigators were nor who ordered it, and, above all, we do not know why.”
In order to get to the motive, a much stronger pressure needs to be applied on el-Sisi. For instance, Pope Francis can do it. He will travel to Cairo on the upcoming April 28 and 29: “We are confident that Pope Francis will not forget Giulio in this historic visit,” Regeni’s mother, Paola Regeni, said, “and will join in our specific request of truth so we can get some peace.”