Egyptair hijacker to be extradited from Cyprus to Egypt

An Egyptian man accused of hijacking an Egyptair passenger aircraft in March is to be extradited to Egypt, a court in Nicosia ruled on Friday, according to Cypriot state news agency CNA.

The 59-year-old is to expected to appeal the decision, CNA reported.

Seif al-Din Mustafa had used a fake explosive belt made of mobile phone covers and cables to take control of the plane, which was on a flight from Alexandria to Cairo, forcing it to instead land in Cyprus.

He then held the passengers and crew members as hostages on the landed plane and demanded to see his Cypriot ex-wife with whom he is said to have several children.

None of the flight's 55 passengers and 15 crew were harmed during the hijacking.

Following the incident, Mustafa requested asylum in Europe on the grounds that he was being politically oppressed in his home country and could not expect a fair trial.

Last update: Fri, 30/09/2016 - 19:50

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