Egypt's general prosecution said on Wednesday that the testimony of an alleged eyewitness in the case of murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni is false.
Ahmed Fawzy, a civil engineer, had claimed that he saw Regeni getting into a heated argument with an unidentified person next to the Italian consulate in Cairo's downtown one day prior to his disappearance on 25 January.
Fawzy created controversy when he made the claims in a TV appearance about the 28-year-old Italian political researcher, who was found dead on 3 February.
Hossam Nassar, the head of South Giza prosecution, told Ahram Online that the prosecution heard Fawzy's testimony on Saturday but later concluded through investigation that his claims were false.
Ahmed Nagy, from the prosecution team investigating the case, also confirmed to Ahram Online that Fawzy was "lying."
"The prosecution looked into Ahmed Fawzy's statements and discovered that he was not present near the Italian consulate at the time he said he saw Regeni having a fight with an unidentified person," Nagy said.
On Tuesday, Egypt's Ministry of Interior stated it had "no information" about the existence of reported video footage showing Regeni involved in the alleged altercation.