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Giulio Regeni

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 10371, tabled on 13 September 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress towards identifying who was accountable for the abduction, torture and murder of Giulio Regeni, including the arrest and continuing detention of the legal adviser to the Regeni family, Ibrahim Metwally Hagazy; and when and at what levels that issue was last raised by UK officials with their Egyptian counterparts.

Answered on

12 October 2017

Officials have followed the case of Giulio Regeni closely since his disappearance in Cairo on 25 January 2016. We were appalled by Mr Regeni's murder, and the brutal manner of his killing. As Mr Regeni was an Italian citizen, the Italian Government is taking the lead role on his case. We have raised the need for a transparent and impartial investigation into the circumstances of Mr Regeni's murder with the Egyptian authorities at Ministerial and official levels. We are deeply concerned by the arrest of human rights lawyer Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy. The Embassy in Cairo is following up this case with the Egyptian authorities. The UK has made clear its concerns about enforced disappearances, as well as the wider human rights situation in Egypt, through its national statement at the recent session of the UN Human Rights Council.