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EgyptAir hijacker reappears before Cyprus court

EgyptAir hijacker reappears before Cyprus court

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Seif Eldin Mustafa, the man who hijacked an EgyptAir plane in March appeared before a court in Cyprus on Friday.

The 59-year-old’s appearance was for a court hearing over his possible extradition to Egypt.

Cairo last week evoked a 1996 bilateral extradition to ask Cypriot authorities to send Mustafa to Egypt to face charges.

He wore a fake explosive belt and commandeered a plane travelling from Alexandria to Cairo, forcing it to land at Cyprus’ Larnaca airport.

Most of the 81 people on board the domestic flight, EgyptAir 181, were released shortly after the plane landed in Cyprus.

The entire drama lasted for about six hours.

Mustafa has been described as psychologically unstable.

When he was arrested, witnesses said he threw a letter on the tarmac, written in Arabic, asking that it be delivered to his ex-wife.

He has explained that his action was to enable him see Cypriot ex-wife and children.

Mustafa will remain in police custody until his extradition papers are ready.

Reuters, Agencies

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