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The Egyptian top prosecutor denied on Sunday allegations of the torture of an Egyptian human rights activist who was recently arrested at Cairo’s airport upon his arrival from Italy.

Patrick George Zaki, 28, an Egyptian student at an Italian university, was supposed to spend a brief vacation back home in Egypt.

“The public prosecution has not noticed any visible injuries while questioning the defendant and he denied the presence of any injuries in his body,” said a statement from the office of Egypt’s Public Prosecutor Hamada al-Sawy.

Zaki, who was arrested on Feb. 7, faces charges of circulating false news and statements against the state and undermining social peace and security.

Zaki did not tell the prosecution about “any harm or violation” he faced during his arrest or detention, according to the prosecution’s statement.

“Investigations are still ongoing and they contain evidence against the defendant and other justifications that make the public prosecution decide to continue his temporary detention pending investigation,” the top prosecution said. Enditem

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