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Murdered Cambridge student's parents dismiss Egypt's explanation of death

Published 29/03/2016

Paola, the mother of Giulio Regeni, attends a press conference held at the Italian Senate in Rome (AP)
Paola, the mother of Giulio Regeni, attends a press conference held at the Italian Senate in Rome (AP)

The parents of an Italian doctoral student killed in Cairo have dismissed the explanation provided by Egyptian authorities about their son's death.

Egypt says that Cambridge University student Giulio Regeni fell victim to robbers but his parents are discounting that version of events, arguing that many of the items claimed to belong to their son were not his.

The 28-year-old labour researcher disappeared on the January 25 anniversary of the 2011 uprising. His body was found nine days later. Family lawyer Alessandra Ballerini revealed an Italian autopsy determined he died on February 1 or 2 after "protracted torture".

Meeting media at the Senate in Rome, Mr Giulio's parents, Paola and Claudio Regeni, also pressed the Italian government to declare Egypt "unsafe" for tourists following their son's death.

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