Edward Chikosh, a Ukrainian citizen and tour-operator in Egypt has been put on trial in Egypt for smuggling weapons. The Ukrainian side opposes the delay of hearings, stating the Egyptian court has no proofs of Chikosh's involvement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dykusarov told a briefing, ForUm's correspondent reports.

"During the hearings the Ukrainian defense team provided significant arguments against the accusations. The defense lawyers focused on the fact that there is nothing that can prove the Ukrainian citizen guilty," Dykusarov said.

Edward Chikosh has been doing tourist business in Sharm-el-Sheik for five years. He also used to organize tours in Israel. On October 19, 2011 his bus with tourists was detained at the border with Egypt. Searching the luggage of the tourists, local police found Kalashnikov gun with 59 bullets. The gun was hidden in a wooden box in the shape of a cross. The owner of the box, an Israeli citizen, said during the interrogation that Chikosh personally asked him to smuggle the weapon. This was enough to make Chikosh an accomplice. In two day the Ukrainian was detained in his office in Sharm-el-Sheik. If found guilty in smuggling weapons, Edward Chikosh faces life term imprisonment or death sentence.

Dykusarov informed that judges in the case would announce a verdict on March 12. "We are sure that the proofs by the defense team are enough to release the Ukrainian," the official summed up.

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