Italy Stops F-16 Parts Supplies to Egypt over Regeni Affair

nsnbc : The Italian Senate, on Wednesday, decided to halt supplies of spare parts for F-16 jets to Egypt over disputes over the death of Italian national Giulio Regeni in Egypt. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry, on Thursday, expressed its dissatisfaction of the Italian Senate’s decision. Regeni was associated with the American University in Cairo, which is commonly known as a hub for members of intelligence communities.

Giulio Regeni

Giulio Regeni

After months of disputes between Italy, the EU and Egypt, the Italian Senate voted after a heated debate, with 159 against 55 votes, to take the first commercial steps against Egypt over the murder of Giulio Regeni in Egypt. The measures included first and foremost a ban of the export of F-16 parts to Egypt.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, on Thursday, expressed its dissatisfaction over the Italian Senate’s vote. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated, among others, that “the decisions did not take into consideration the extend of cooperation between investigation authorities of the two countries to reveal the truth beyond Giulio Regeni’s murder”.

Regeni’s body was found on in February after an intensive search for the missing graduate student at Britain’s Cambridge University. Giulio Regeni had been reported as missing on January 25. The Italian Foreign Ministry’s call for the joint investigation came because the body of the deceased showed signs of torture. The Ministry stressed that it expects “maximum cooperation at all levels in the light of the exceptional gravity of what happened”.

Regeni was a Cambridge PhD student at Girton College in the department of Political and International Department. He was a visiting scholar for the American University in Cairo. Regeni went reportedly missing as he was heading from Giza’s Behoos metro station to Bab-el-Louk in downtown.

It is at this point in time uncertain whether or not Giulio Regeni has had ties to a foreign intelligence service or to any of the outlawed organizations in Egypt. It is, however, noteworthy that American Universities are known for being hotbeds for western intelligence services’ formal and informal “assets”; the American University in Cairo included. The list of Alumni from The American University in Cairo includes, among others, CIA Director John Brennan and New York Times “columnist” Thomas Friedman.

F/AK – nsnbc 01.07.2016

Access of all of our coverage of the Regeni affair HERE.

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