Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini stressed that Italy's relationship with Egypt is more important than the case of Giulio Regeni's death. He demanded that the case should be related only to Regeni’s family not Italy.
Salvini added، "I understand the demand for justice called by Regeni’s family، but it is necessary to have good relations with an important country like Egypt”.
According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica، Salvini believes that democracy in Italy is at stake. He added that there are many disappearance incidents as was the case with Regini، so relations with Egypt are more important than this case.
The newspaper added that Salvini’s position now seemed to differ from earlier concerning Regin’si case. He became more friendly to Egypt after realizing the latter’s importance to Europe، especially to Italy. Giulio Regeni، a Cambridge University PhD candidate، was a visiting student at The American University in Cairo (AUC) researching labor rights in Egypt.
He went missing in Cairo on 25th January، on the anniversary of the Egyptian uprising، on his way to meet a friend. His body، baring hallmarks of extreme torture، was later discovered in a roadside ditch. Egyptian authorities have agreed to extend the investigation into the death of Regeni following pressure from Rome. Egypt’s Ministry of Interior has categorically denied that Egyptian authorities were involved in Regeni’s murder، slamming the Reuters report as ‘unfounded’ and ‘false’.