An Egyptian TV host has sparked anger after saying Giulio Regeni, the Italian student killed in Egypt last January, can “get lost.”
TV host Rania Mahmoud Yassin appeared on a private channel this week complaining about international attention over the killing, Al-Arabiya reported.
Regeni, a 28-year-old Ph.D. student at Cambridge University was in Egypt researching trade unions at the time of his disappearance in Cairo on Jan. 25. His body was found badly-mutilated and in a ditch on the outskirts of Cairo on Feb. 3. “Let me speak honestly, the international attention over Regeni – especially from Britain and the US – it leads to only one truth: This is a conspiracy (against Egypt)!
“They’re making us feel like he’s the only person that has ever been killed! So many Egyptians have been killed, so many have disappeared in other countries, mafias have been doing their work, in countries such as Italy. Italy is known to have mafias and the US too. And South America.
“So many people have been killed and we haven’t seen this kind of uproar before. It’s as if he’s the only person to have been killed in Egypt!
“At first I felt sorry for him, sorry that a young man has been killed. Now, he can get lost!”
It was reported that the student had been detained and then transferred to a compound run by Homeland Security the day he vanished.
The claims contradict the official Egyptian account that security services had not arrested him.
The TV host has since apologized for her insensitive comments, saying that "her words were taken out of context and she never meant to dishonor his memory with her words."
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