Italian prosecutors are on the lookout for solutions from 4 Egyptian suspects for the Regeni homicide

ROM (Reuters) – Italian prosecutors said Thursday they had completed their investigation into the disappearance and murder of student Giulio Regeni in Cairo in 2016 and identified four high-ranking members of the Egyptian security forces as possible suspects.

In a statement, prosecutors said all four were suspected of playing a role in the "aggravated kidnapping" of Regeni, while one of them, a major in Egyptian intelligence, may also be charged with "conspiracy to commit a serious murder" .

The prosecution gave the four men 20 days to make statements or seek a hearing on the case. After this time, the investigators decide whether or not to pursue their trial.

There was no immediate comment from the Egyptian authorities. Egyptian officials have repeatedly denied any involvement in his killing.

Regeni, a 28-year-old graduate student at Cambridge University, disappeared in Cairo in January 2016. His body was found almost a week later, and an autopsy revealed that he had been tortured before he died.

The prosecutor's move came a little more than a week after Egypt announced it would temporarily suspend its investigation into Regeni's murder, saying it had reservations about the evidence Italy had compiled.

Italian and Egyptian investigators had worked together to solve the crime. But judicial sources told Reuters last year that Italy was disappointed with the slow development in Egypt and had decided to push its own line of investigation to move things forward.

Italy originally investigated five Egyptians in the case, but prosecutors said Thursday there wasn't enough evidence to bring any action against any of them.

Regeni disappeared on the fifth anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising that ended the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak.

Intelligence and security sources told Reuters in 2016 that police arrested Regeni in front of a subway station in Cairo and then took him to Homeland Security.

Police denied this, and in a November 30 statement, Egyptian prosecutors said they had evidence against a criminal gang accused of robbing Regeni, but believed that "the material perpetrator" of the murder remains unknown.

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