There is no imminent breakthrough in the investigation into the murder of Giulio Regeni. The prosecutor in Rome absolutely denies that Egypt has fulfilled its promise of “new progress in the investigation” on the barbaric murder of the young researcher from Friuli, Italy, according to the Italian daily Repubblica. What’s more: “The Egyptian judges have not announced nor hinted, or configured anything new in the investigation,” said a source in the prosecution.
Egypt’s refusal unmasks the political operation that underlies the article published in the Roman daily in support of the course that new Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano is pursuing. La Repubblica thus explains that the promise of “change” of the Egyptian authorities may convince Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni to send Italian ambassador Giampaolo Cantini, on standby in Rome since May 10, the day of his appointment, to Cairo for at least a period of time. As a “test.”
It should be remembered that his predecessor, Maurizio Massari, was recalled for consultations by then-Foreign Minister Gentiloni on April 8, under media pressure raised by the Regeni family, given the total lack of judicial cooperation from Egypt and their continuous false leads. Now Cairene authorities see an opening in the diplomatic year-end deadline, when the Egyptian Embassy in Rome, the new ambassador Hisham Badr should take the place of the outgoing Amr Helmy.