There are many shadows moving around the brutal murder of Giulio Regeni. Large flaws and obvious contradictions have animated alternate theories that have circulated between the shores of the Mediterranean, the English Channel and the Atlantic. It is plausible that the Egyptian regime knows and is setting certain contrivances into motion, blowing smoke and laying out inextricable paths, preparing a version to their benefit.
Although it is clear to all diplomats that a red line has been crossed, and attempts at misdirection abound, neither the Foreign Ministry nor Brussels is going to apply pressure or issue any ultimatums.
Thus, the inability to carry out a political analysis has allowed a proliferation of conspiracy theories. All this should lead us to adhere to what we know: what Regeni was doing in Egypt, the numbers of the disappeared, the stories of other foreigners killed in prison, the wounds left on Regeni’s body, and the petitions of academics and citizens – in Italy as in England – because of the way the parliaments have handled the affair.
But this plot has been artfully diffused, often set out between the lines, strictly without proof or even clues, and in direct contradiction to the assertions Regeni’s family.
The first crows took flight as soon as Regeni’s body was discovered. The newspapers on the right proclaimed he was a spy. Speculation prevails, but Regeni did not think, as has been trumpeted by the media chorus, that al-Sisi is the best that Egypt could produce for our security.
And besides, even today there are few indignant voices, whether against Edward Luttwak, who on television said to forget about this event and that perhaps Regeni was killed by his lover, or against analysts inviting us to turn their nose up.