“We have a feeling that some in Parliament may be interested in resuming normal diplomatic relations. We are absolutely opposed.”
Giulio Regeni’s parents are very clear: the Italian ambassador must not return to Cairo. “The work of the public prosecutor of Rome is excellent: his strategies, intelligence, education,” said Paola Defendi and Claudio Regeni. “The government has only taken two steps, strong ones: It withdrew its ambassador in April and has not sent the replacement for the F-35. If the ambassador returns, we would send a signal of détente to Egypt that it should not be sending.”
The Regeni family continued to put pressure on the Italian government on the one-year anniversary of their son’s death on Wednesday, and thousands of citizens turned out to support them in Rome. “We heard [Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni] today. It seems that there are signals, a small window opened thanks to the wisdom of the prosecutor. And we ask you journalists to go to Cambridge to ask them why they are not interested in Giulio.” Regeni was a graduate student at Cambridge University conducting research in Cairo when he was kidnapped, tortured, murdered and dumped by the side of the road.
In Rome, demonstrators arranged themselves in rows, each with a yellow sign and a number from one to 365 to mark the number of days without truth in the Regeni case. They formed a triangle, and in between the numbers were the images of him we’ve all come to know.