Italy lawmakers to quiz expert over Regeni killing

Italy lawmakers to quiz expert over Regeni killing

Members of Italy's lower house of parliament will on Tuesday question constitutional law expert Mario Esposito on the unsolved 2016 murder in Egypt of doctoral student Giulio Regeni, the parliament said in a statement.

The hearing before the foreign affairs and justice committees is slated to take place at 10 am and will be streamed live on the parliament's website, the statement said.

Lawmakers are the mulling a parliamentary inquiry into Regeni's murder, according to the statement.

Regeni, a 28-year-old Cambridge University PhD student researching the politically sensitive topic of independent trade unions in Egypt was abducted in Cairo on 25 January 2016, tortured to death and dumped by a highway, where his mutilated body was found nine days later.

The case caused a diplomatic rift between Italy and Egypt amid allegations that Egyptian authorities were failing to cooperate fully with Italian investigators.

Egypt's authorities deny Regeni died in custody but admit that security services were monitoring him.

More than three years on, no suspects have been arrested or brought to trial for Regeni's brutal murder.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and other top Egyptian officials continue to vow that they want to solve the case.