The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Tuesday Khalil Osama al-Aqid, Muslim Brotherhood deputy supreme guide Khairat al-Shater’s personal bodyguard, to one year in prison for possessing an unlicensed firearm.
Aqid’s lawyer said that his client was involved in the case due to a political conflict, alleging that the National Security Agency’s investigations politicized the case. He also denied what he said were media reports accusing his client of working with Hamas.
The session started at 11:30 am, amid high security measures.
Police had arrested Aqid after finding him in possession of a gun and five bullets at a New Cairo checkpoint on 15 December, the same day as the first phase of the constitutional referendum.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm