Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Paolo Gentiloni calls it “totally inadequate cooperation,” but the Egyptian authorities, far from admitting the systematic violation of human rights on their soil, continue to utter something more like a blatant provocation.
Probably, when the minister pronounced these words on Friday, he was not referring to the last challenge of Cairo’s vice president of the House of Representatives, Soliman Wahdan, who has revived the false lead of Giulio Regeni as an intelligence spy, going so far as to fear “enormous problems” with Italy if this proves true. Certainly neither to the invective of the former Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim Yossef, who Friday again raised the thesis of the “criminal” conspiracy. Neither to the too-propagandized requests by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to solve cases of citizens who have disappeared or died in unclear circumstances in Rome, Chicago and, lastly, on Monday in London, as an explicit response to the pressure exerted by the British and American governments on the Regeni case.
However, Gentiloni cannot miss the fact that one of the charges against Ahmed Abdallah, the consultant of the Regeni family arrested on April 24, is as “terrorist group leader,” a crime that warrants a death penalty.