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Italy’s high court docket: homicide trial of Egyptians can’t proceed


ROME (AP) — Italy’s high legal court docket has rebuffed prosecutors’ efforts to revive the trial of high-level Egyptian safety officers within the 2016 torture-slaying of an Italian doctoral pupil.

The Court docket of Cassation dominated in Rome on Friday night that there have been no grounds to attraction a decrease court docket resolution final yr that the trial couldn’t go ahead as a result of the defendants hadn’t been formally notified of the fees and the trial date.

Giulio Regeni, 28, was researching labor unions for Cairo avenue distributors when he was kidnapped, tortured and slain, his mutilated physique discovered alongside a freeway days after his disappearance within the Egyptian capital.

The case strained relations between Italy and Egypt, an ally in Italian efforts to fight worldwide terrorism. At one level, Italy withdrew its ambassador to press for Egyptian cooperation within the investigation. Italian prosecutors pursued the case, finally successful indictment of the 4 Egyptians, to be tried in absentia in a Rome courtroom.

In a cellphone interview broadcast on Italian state TV Saturday, household lawyer Alessandra Ballerini referred to as the most recent resolution a “wound for justice for all Italians.”

Protection legal professionals had efficiently argued that the defendants had by no means been formally notified as a result of they didn’t present their official addresses, a requirement in Italy’s justice system. Until they are often notified, the trial stays suspended, successfully indefinitely halting the case within the courtroom.

Using that loophole was notably upsetting for the household and buddies of Regeni as a result of, they are saying, the defendants are extensively identified in Egypt as a result of their distinguished roles in that nation’s safety equipment.

“As residents we will’t settle for impunity for many who torture and kill,” Ballerini stated.

On Friday morning, hours forward of the ruling, Regeni’s household, buddies and supporters of the pursuit of justice in his slaying had rallied in entrance of the courthouse.

Prosecutors had argued earlier than the court docket of Cassation that there was a “affordable certainty that the 4 Egyptian defendants had data of the existence of the legal case in opposition to them,” the Italian information company ANSA stated.

Within the run-up to the ruling, Regeni’s supporters had appealed by way of social media for assist in monitoring down the authorized addresses of the defendants.

His mom, Paola Regeni, advised reporters her son’s physique was so badly mutilated by torture that she solely acknowledged the tip of his nostril when she seen it.

Human rights activists have stated the marks on his physique resembled these ensuing from widespread torture in Egyptian Safety Company services.

Italian prosecutors had accused police Maj. Sherif Magdy; police Maj. Gen. Tareq Saber, who was a high official on the home safety company on the time of Regeni’s abduction; Col. Hesham Helmy, who was serving at a safety middle in control of policing the Cairo district the place the Italian was residing, and Col. Acer Kamal, who headed a police division in control of avenue operation and self-discipline.

After Regeni’s physique was discovered, Egyptian authorities alleged that the Cambridge College doctoral pupil was slain by a gang of robbers.

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