Three hundred sixty-five days ago, at 07:41 p.m., the Italian researcher Giulio Regeni was kidnapped in Cairo. Then he was brutally tortured for days and finally killed.
The Egyptian regime of former General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has built a thick curtain of fog and false leads around his murder, sometimes announcing convenient truths or falsehoods. First described as a crime of passion, then as the work of common criminals, the Egyptian government has found scapegoats to ward off the responsibility for its operational arm, the police and the secret services.
And now they are presenting another smokescreen: Abdallah, the corrupt leader of the hawkers’ union, who ordered the hit either alone or perhaps with the help of “bad apples.” Regeni’s work involved the Egyptian unions. It is a sensitive issue, given the harsh repression of the political opposition and human rights NGOs. Most opposition representatives ended up in jail after the bloody coup in the summer of 2013.