“Stefano Cucchi was a victim of torture, like Giulio Regeni.” The words with which General Prosecutor Rubolino asked Wednesday to void the acquittal of five doctors from Pertini Hospital open a gash in the ironclad veil of Italian hypocrisy.
And not only that: If the government seems to have given up on the search for the truth of the Italian researcher’s death, now the University of Cambridge, with whom Regeni was researching Egyptian unions, seems to hinder the already torturous work of the Italian judiciary. That research, they say, “is confidential.” This “no comment” statement is difficult to digest. It is the British university’s response to the international warrant issued by the Roman prosecutor, who is investigating Regeni’s disappearance and murder.
It’s also a slap in the face for the Regeni family, which had repeatedly asked Cambridge for support. “We had entrusted to the community of Cambridge University our son Giulio with faith and sacrifice,” Paola and Claudio Regeni said in a statement forwarded on the internet by Senator Manconi, president of the Human Rights Commission. “And we expected maximum and concrete solidarity from this academic community, as well as their full cooperation in seeking the truth about the circumstances of his abduction and his heinous murder, which took place in Cairo while carrying out research for the university.”