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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

State media air footage of Regeni for the first time since his death

Egypt state television airs CCTV footage of Regeni: Egypt’s prosecutor general ordered state media services, on Monday, to broadcast footage (watch; runtime: 3:46) of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni for the first time since he was found murdered last year, according to Reuters. In the video, Regeni is heard speaking to the head of Cairo’s street vendors’ union, Mohamed Abdallah, who had reported him to the police only weeks before he died, suspecting he could be a spy. Abdallah is heard repeatedly asking Regeni for money, without success, followed by Regeni explaining that he would help [him] to apply for a grant or workshop worth [GBP] 10,000, but that the union head can’t use the money for personal reasons. Abdallah told Reuters that reporting Regeni was his “national duty” and not revenge for not giving him money. The Associated Press and Ahram Online also have the story.

This comes as Amnesty International is asking Egyptian authorities to investigate alleged reports of extrajudicial killings committed by security forces in North Sinai, according to statement and its accompanying report.

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