The Italian government recalled Friday its ambassador from Egypt for “consultations” over the case of killed PhD student Giulio Regeni, according to a statement from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The decision to recall the ambassador comes one day following the meetings held in Rome between the Italian and Egyptian investigative teams.
The ministry said in the statement that the developments of the investigation called for an urgent “evaluation of the most appropriate action to boost the efforts to ascertain the truth about the barbaric murder”.
Regeni, who had just turned 28, was a PhD student at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and had come to Cairo as a visiting scholar at the American University in Cairo (AUC). He was reported missing on the fifth anniversary of the 25 January Revolution.
He was last known to be travelling to downtown Cairo via the Behouth metro station. His body was found on 3 February showing physical signs of torture, such as cigarette burns and signs of electrocution on the genitals.