Giulio Regeni: Egypt detains four linked to Italian student's murder


'Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the detention of four people in relation to the murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni, officials say.
They are relatives of an alleged criminal gang which officials say was behind the killing. All the gang's members died in a shoot-out.
But Italian officials have questioned this claim amid suspicion that security forces had involvement in the case.
Mr Regeni's body was found with signs of torture, dumped beside a road.
Italian authorities have long complained about a lack of transparency from Cairo in the investigation.
The 28-year-old Italian, who was a student at Cambridge, had been researching trade unions, a politically sensitive subject in Egypt. His body was found on 3 February, a week after his disappearance in Cairo.
Two of the suspects detained are the wife and sister of the alleged gang leader. They had been arrested in the sister's apartment, where an official said police found a bag with Mr Regeni's passport and wallet.
The other two are the brother-in-law and brother of the head of the gang.
All four are accused of concealing a criminal and hiding stolen goods, officials said.
On Thursday, Egypt's interior ministry said police had found a bag belonging to the student during a raid on a flat linked to the gang. All its four members were said to had been killed in a shoot-out.


The group specialised in abducting foreigners while posing as policemen, it added.

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