Just before summer, in its report on Egypt, the U.N. Committee against Torture wrote verbatim: “Torture appears to occur particularly frequently following arbitrary arrests and is often carried out to obtain a confession or to punish and threaten political dissenters. Torture occurs in police stations, prisons, State security facilities, and Central Security Forces facilities. Torture is perpetrated by police officers, military officers, National Security officers and prison guards. […] Perpetrators of torture almost universally enjoy impunity, although Egyptian law prohibits and creates accountability mechanisms for torture and related practices, demonstrating a serious dissonance between law and practice.
“In the view of the Committee, all the above lead to the inescapable conclusion that torture is a systematic practice in Egypt.”
Alfano’s words go beyond the classic bitter pill of realpolitik. They are nothing short of a personal tribute to a man who, according to the United Nations, is the head of a state where crimes against humanity are systematically committed. Alfano twists the word “truth” merely to keep up political and economic relations.
It would have been far better to be honest and cynically state that human rights and justice have to be sacrificed for geo-political and commercial reasons. Instead, even the word “truth” is being twisted beyond recognition to justify the mountain of untruths that have come from Cairo so far.
This all comes after el-Sisi declared, at the World Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, that the Egyptian authorities are committed to finding the culprits, and that in fact Regeni was tortured and killed in order to harm Italo-Egyptian relations (or, in other words, investments).