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Italians press Egyptian prosecutors on Cairo torture death

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, a man holds up a portrait of Giulio Regeni, the Italian student slained in Cairo, as several dozen people stage a sit-in outside Egypt's embassy in Rome. Egypt’s chief prosecutor has told Italian authorities Cairo police investigated an Italian researcher weeks before the young man was found tortured to death in the Egyptian capital, according to a statement Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 from both sides. (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, a man holds up a portrait of Giulio Regeni, the Italian student slained in Cairo, as several dozen people stage a sit-in outside Egypt's embassy in Rome. Egypt’s chief prosecutor has told Italian authorities Cairo police investigated an Italian researcher weeks before the young man was found tortured to death in the Egyptian capital, according to a statement Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 from both sides. (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Rome prosecutors investigating the torture death of an Italian researcher in Cairo have been pressing their Egyptian counterparts for detailed records of the man's cell phone use before he disappeared on Jan. 25.

Egyptian prosecutors were in Rome Friday for a second day of meetings with Italian investigators. The Italians have been seeking more information, including on their requests for Giulio Regeni's cell-phone traffic. The doctoral student's body, bearing torture marks, was found Feb. 3 along a Cairo highway. Regeni, who was researching labor movements, disappeared on the anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian popular protests.

An autopsy in Italy found signs of torture including cut marks on his body resembling letters. The Corriere della Sera newspaper this week quoted his mother, Paola, as saying "'They used him like a blackboard.'"