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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Regeni family lawyer found — was ordered detained by Egyptian prosecutor

Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the detention of Ibrahim Metwally, the lawyer who assisted the family of murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni, for 15 days, the Associated Press reports. The whereabouts of Metwally had been unknown since he was last heard from on Sunday. Prosecutors are accusing him of disseminating false news. AP says Metwally’s detention was ordered by the Supreme State Security Prosecution. Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano is looking to discuss the case with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry today.

This came as Italian Ambassador Giampaolo Cantini arrived in Cairo on Wednesday, becoming the first Italian ambassador to take up residence in more than a year and a half after Rome’s decision to recall ambassador Maurizio Massari in the aftermath of the Regeni case. ANSAMed has the story.

Sending Cantini back to Cairo is the right thing to do, and the initial decision to recall him after Regeni’s murder was ill-advised, Italian MP Lucio Malan tells Al Masry Al Youm. Malan says he believes Egypt has cooperated positively in the investigation into the student’s death. He also says the investigation should not take a toll on bilateral relations.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian and Italian interior ministries signed an agreement to offer training on combating organized crime and illegal immigration to policemen from 22 African countries, Ahram Online reports. Egyptian, Italian, and European trainers will oversee the program.

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