The parents of a student tortured to death in Egypt have urged Pope Francis to take up the case during his forthcoming trip to the country.

The Pope will meet President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi when he visits Egypt on April 28-29.

PhD student Giulio Regeni went missing in Cairo on January 25. His body was found nine days later, showing signs of torture.

There are suspicions that the Egyptian police were involved in his death. Italian prosecutors complain that Egyptian authorities have failed to come forward with any information.

Following Pope Francis’s arrival at Cairo airport on Friday April 28, there will be an official welcoming ceremony at the Heliopolis presidential palace. The Pope will have courtesy meetings with President el-Sisi and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, before Pope Francis and the grand imam give speeches to participants in an international conference on peace at al-Azhar University.

Pope Francis will meet the Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, Patriarch of the See of St Mark, and both will make speeches.

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