Since the discovery of the mutilated body of Giulio Regeni, bearing the marks of torture by the Egyptian regime, many have pointed the finger at the University of Cambridge, in search for a way to distract inquiring eyes.
And these particular inquiring eyes have no intention of looking squarely at the truth. Almost two years since that Feb. 3, it seems the Italian Democratic Party and its allies are determined to demean the call for “truth for Giulio Regeni” that the yellow banners of Amnesty International, still seen in many city squares, remind us is still far away.
At the forefront of this newest operation we find Matteo Renzi’s tweets. Prime minister at the time of the discovery of the body, he had himself eased the path for the recognition of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s coup that secured his presidency. Now Renzi is seizing the opportunity of a near-unanimous friendly media to wonder, on one hand, what Cambridge is hiding, and, on the other, to declare his full trust in the Egyptian president.