ABP Report –
An investigation has been launched into signs of torture on the body of an Italian student who went missing in Cairo.
Giulio Regeni, a PhD student at Britian’s Cambridge University, disappeared in the Egyptian capital on January 25, the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution.
One of his friends said he disappeared after leaving his home to meet a friend.
An Italian economic development delegation has cut short a business trip to Egypt following the discovery.
Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni had expressed his deep condolences to Regeni’s family, the statement said.
An Egyptian security source said the interior ministry would not comment on the case until the conclusion of its investigation.
The Italian foreign ministry did not give any indication of how the student might have died, Italian news agency Ansa said his body had been found in a ditch in a Cairo suburb but gave no further information.
A friend of Regeni said he disappeared after leaving his home in an upper middle class area to meet a friend downtown.
Last year, Islamic State militants kidnapped a Croatian man from the outskirts of Cairo and later beheaded him, but such incidents are rare and there was heavy police presence in downtown Cairo when Regeni went missing.