It seems that there are plans afoot to improve a secret cooperation agreement between the coup authorities and Italy, which requires Cairo to continue receiving returning refugees trying to reach Europe in exchange for military and security incentives from this European country.
The report published by Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper says that “Egypt is also trying to revive a project that was previously proposed to Germany and France to teach African governments how to deal with issues arising from youth, including due to unemployment. This would build on a previous project hosted by Egypt, Which has seen police and security forces trained in several African countries on how to deal with irregular migration.
Escaping from the Punishment
The sources say that “this undeclared security cooperation is the reason why Cairo has not yet been subjected to severe condemnation and scrutiny as a result of its human rights record and violations.”
However, Italy came under pressure to hold Egypt responsible after the killing of Italian student Giulio Regeni in 2016 at the hands of Egyptian security forces, and the failure to normalize relations between the two countries.
More than five years after Regeni was kidnapped, tortured and killed, a judge in Rome says that “four senior Egyptian security officials should face trial for his kidnapping, torture and murder, but Egypt refuses to cooperate with Italian prosecutors.”
Patrick Zaki arrested
It also came after the failure of the Sisi government to release political prisoner Patrick Zaki, who was studying for a master’s degree in Italy, but was arrested and tortured last year when he returned to Cairo for a visit.
In April, the Italian Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of granting Zaki Italian citizenship, after ignoring repeated calls for his release.
And last year there was widespread criticism as it was revealed that there was a $1.2 billion arms deal between Italy and Egypt, the Regeni family responded to the announcement saying they felt betrayed.
A deal to stop immigration
In 2018, after EU leaders agreed to enter into talks with Egypt for deeper cooperation to reduce the number of migrants entering Europe from Africa, human rights activists objected to this, due to Egypt’s recorded human rights violations.
After the immigration deal was presented to Egypt at the Salzburg summit, the European Union promised in return to increase economic cooperation.
In recent months, many people have tried to flee from Egypt to Italy from Mansoura and in one incident, 18 people drowned and the survivors were held in a detention center in Libya.
A week later, 11 Egyptians drowned off the coast of Libya after their boat, which was heading to Italy, sank.
Source: بوابة الحرية والعدالة by fj-p.com.
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