General Prosecution office (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt's public prosecution said on Tuesday that Egyptian citizen Ewis El-Rawi was killed while resisting arrest at his home in a Luxor village.
In the first official statement concerning the killing, which took place on 30 September and has since sparked controversy on social media, the prosecution said that it is still conducting its investigation into the incident.
"The public prosecution had authorised the arrest of [El-Rawi] and [some of his] relatives to question them on terrorism related charges, which were based on investigations by the National Security Department," the statement said.
The prosecution said that is was notified that El-Rawi was killed while attempting to resist the taskforce, that was dispatched to his home to execute the arrest warrant, with an automatic firearm that found next to his body.
The prosecution added that it has questioned three people over the incident: the officer leading the taskforce, the deceased's brother, who was arrested during the operation, and his father.
The three parties gave conflicting statements, the prosecution said, adding that it is not providing details about the statements “in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation until its conclusion, and to ensure that the truth is revealed."
The prosecution also said that El-Rawi's father has denied rumours that his son died defending him from an attack by a policeman.
The prosecution’s statement warned of fake news “that harms public peace and affects the integrity of investigations.”