Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, looking into forced disappearance of Giulio Regeni in 2016, secretly arrested and charged in Cairo

A lawyer investigating the murder of an Italian student in Egypt is facing five years in prison after being forcibly disappeared at Cairo airport.

Ebrahim Metwally Hegazy disappeared on Sunday while travelling to a session of the UN working group on enforced or involuntary disappearances in Geneva. He reappeared before prosecutors on Tuesday evening, charged with “managing an illegal group, spreading false news … [and] cooperating with foreign organisations”.

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