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Regeni Egypt murder: Cambridge tutor's data seized

Italian investigators have obtained the computer and mobile phone of a Cambridge University lecturer whose student was murdered in Egypt in 2016. They received the items from UK police, who searched Dr Maha Abdelrahman's Cambridge home on Wednesday. The body of her student GiulioRegeni was found dumped in the outskirts of Cairo in February 2016. He had been researching independent trade unions. The case has caused tension between the governments of Italy and Egypt.

There is no suggestion Dr Abdelrahman was involved in his death. However, investigators want to find out how Regeni came to his research subject and whether anyone put him in harm's way. Egypt has cracked down hard on unofficial protest movements since the 2011 Arab Spring, a revolution which toppled then-president Hosni Mubarak.

"Yesterday we, Cambridgeshire police, did carry out a search of Dr Abdelrahman's home on behalf of the Italian authorities. Dr Abdelrahman fully co-operated and voluntarily handed over everything which was requested," police told the BBC. Her university office was not searched, they added. The Rome Prosecutor's Office said the items seized "will be useful to bring definitive clarity, in an unequivocal and objective way, to the tutor's role regarding the facts of the investigation".

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