Wael Abbas is an Egyptian blogger. He commented for il manifesto the prominent events of the Egyptian uprisings. We asked him to reconstruct the circumstances of the arrest, detention and torture of Guilio Regeni.
What happened to the Italian researcher [Giulio Regeni]?
It is apparent that he was arrested, interrogated and killed. They disappeared and tortured him until he died.
This treatment is one of the methods that only the Egyptian police could have perpetrated.
Is it possible that Regeni was arrested as a foreigner?
On Jan. 25 the police were everywhere. Egypt has become a xenophobic country. The media are xenophobic. All supporters of the left are spies. All foreigners are spies preparing an invasion of the country, real or imaginary.
For the heavy deployment of forces on that day, it is impossible that this was an act of petty crime. If he had been kidnapped, it would not have happened that day. And then he lived in downtown Cairo, a safe area.
Why have they waited so long to announce the news?
The people who lived with him would have to go public with his disappearance the same night. Under Egyptian law, if someone disappears, you have to report the disappearance after 24 hours. The police then would obviously say he was not arrested and no one knows the whereabouts of his body. And the police do not give any help to find the missing. If a person is then charged with a political crime, they automatically lose their humanity.
The Interior Minister said that in a country of 90 million people like Egypt it is not a problem that a few hundred disappear – this is said by a government official.