CAIRO – An official summary of Italian efforts to find a student after he disappeared in central Cairo last month shows diplomats contacted Egyptian authorities in the hours after he went missing.
The summary, obtained by The Associated Press Thursday, says Ambassador Maurizio Massari contacted Italian intelligence, who reached out to their Egyptian counterparts shortly after Guliano Regeni disappeared on Jan. 25.
Security troops had been extremely active, raiding apartments, checking IDs, and searching baggage in order to prevent protests or violence on the fifth anniversary of a popular uprising. Regeni's tortured body turned up dumped by a roadside in a Cairo suburb on Feb. 3.
On Jan. 26, Massari sent a diplomatic note to his Egyptian counterpart, and a day later requested to meet the interior minister but was denied.