Egypt's government is in disarray after claiming that police filmed beating the naked figure of a man lying on the ground with truncheons were only trying to help him.
The video of the man, Hamada Saber, 48, taken as protesters attacked the presidential palace in Cairo nearby, rocked Egypt and brought forth an apology and a promise of an investigation from the presidency.
But late on Saturday Mohammed Ibrahim, the Interior Minister, issued a statement claiming the man had in fact been attacked by other protesters, despite the clear evidence of the video, and that the police were putting him in their van to rescue him.
Mr Saber himself gave an interview to television from his bed in a police hospital, organised by the interior ministry's public relations department, saying the police had been trying to help him. His family claimed he had acted either under pressure from the police or in return for money and a job.
In another interview, conducted by telephone, his daughter could be heard saying "Tell them you're lying, Dad!", to which he replied, "Be quiet or you're for it when we get home."
To confuse matters, Mr Saber on Sunday night changed his account and admitted security forces had harmed him, saying he decided to tell the “truth” after his family “renounced” him.