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Italian Delegation Cuts Short Egypt Visit as Student Found Dead

  • `Significant' deals were expected from visit by 60 companies
  • Body of Italian student showed evidence of torture, stabbing

A business delegation from Italy cut short their visit to Egypt after the apparently tortured body of an Italian graduate student was found on the outskirts of Cairo, potentially hurting the Egyptian government’s already troubled efforts to attract investment and revive its ailing economy.

The group of officials from about 60 companies, including aerospace and defense group Finmeccanica SpA and renewable-energy company Enel Green Power SpA, was led by Italian Economic Cooperation Minister Federica Guidi. Most of the delegation left Egypt along with Guidi, a spokesman for the ministry said by phone, asking not to be named in line with official policy. Egypt’s industry ministry had said "significant economic accords" were due to be signed during the visit, without giving details.