Italy: Student Suffered 'Inhuman, Animal-Like' Violence

Second autopsy shows Giulio Regeni brutally murdered in Egypt
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 7, 2016 7:36 AM CST
Italy: Student Suffered 'Inhuman, Animal-Like' Violence
An Egyptian policeman stands guard during a candlelight vigil for slain Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni in front of the Italian embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Regeni disappeared on Jan. 25, the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising. He was found this week with multiple stab wounds,...   (Amr Nabil)

An Italian minister says a second autopsy on the body of an Italian found slain in Egypt reveals that the doctoral student suffered "inhuman, animal-like" violence. Official results, still partial, are being relayed to Rome prosecutors who are investigating Giulio Regeni's death as a murder, reports the AP. Italian media, reporting on the autopsy completed Saturday night after the body arrived in Rome, say coroners have concluded that Regeni's neck was twisted or struck, breaking a vertebra and leaving him unable to breathe.

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Sunday on TV that he saw the autopsy results and Regeni suffered "something inhuman, animal-like, an unacceptable violence." Italy's ambassador in Cairo has said Regeni had been badly beaten and showed torture marks. Alfano said it's in Egypt's interest to cooperate in the investigation. (Read more Italy stories.)

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