Brutality in Cairo


Jack Shenker writing in the Guardian, ‘More than 4,600 academics from across the globe have signed an open letter protesting against the death of Giulio Regeni, a Cambridge PhD student from Italy whose body was found on the outskirts of Cairo bearing signs of torture last week, and demanding an investigation into the growing number of forced disappearances in Egypt . . .

The 28-year-old, who was researching labour unrest and independent trade unions – a politically-sensitive topic in Egypt – went missing on 25 January, the fifth anniversary of the start of Egypt’s revolution, amid an unprecedented security crackdown.

His body was discovered nine days later by the side of a road, marked with cigarette burns, bruising and multiple stab wounds. The Italian interior minister, Angelino Alfano, said that Regeni had been subjected to “inhuman, animal-like violence”.’ click here.