Egyptian President Sisi is behaving like the neo-Pharaoh in the land of Pharaohs. Since coming to power through a military coup that toppled an elected government, his murderous regime has killed thousands and put tens of thousands of anti-regime civilians, mostly with alleged ties with Ikhwan, behind the bar. All the tortures of the bygone Mobarak days are now being used again against anyone suspected of being either critical to his regime or supporter of the previous government of Dr. Morsi, now forced behind the bar on a number of false charges.
In this latest spree of government abuses, even foreigners are not immune.
Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old graduate student at Britain's Cambridge University, had been researching independent trade unions in Egypt and had written articles critical of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government. Now he is dead, reportedly killed by Sisi's security forces. The discovery of Regeni beaten and burnt with cigarettes prompted insinuations by some journalists and social media users that he had suffered police brutality. La Repubblica compared his injuries to those security services would inflict on a spy.
Rights groups say police often detain Egyptians on scant evidence and that they are beaten or coerced. Scores have disappeared since 2013, the groups say.
An initial autopsy in Egypt showed Regeni had been hit on the back of the head with a sharp instrument, according to a senior official at the Cairo public prosecutor's office and a forensic doctor. Both spoke on condition of anonymity.
A second autopsy in Italy "confronted us with something inhuman, something animal", Interior Minister Angelino Alfano told Sky News 24 television on Sunday. "It was like a punch in the stomach and we haven't quite got our breath back yet."
Italian media reports that the second autopsy showed Regeni's neck was broken have not been officially confirmed.
Italian opposition parties have demanded that Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government take a tougher stand with Egypt. "The death of Giulio Regeni, who was tortured to death, is still opaque and shrouded in shadows," said the opposition 5-Star party. "We demand the truth."
Obviously, Sisi's government dismisses such charges against his authoritarian regime.
When will our world wake up to the criminality of murderers like Sisi and say enough is enough with his regime?
Shame on the Egyptians for letting Sisi come to power! Shame on Sisi's bank-rollers and supporters who provided material and other supports to unseat the democratically elected government of Dr. Morsi.