EgyptAir Hijacker’s Political Asylum Claim Rejected by Cyprus

EgyptAir Hijacker’s Political Asylum Claim Rejected by Cyprus

Credit: AFP
Credit: AFP

A political asylum claim made by Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa, an Egyptian national who hijacked and forced an EgyptAir passenger plane to land in Cyprus, has failed to apply for political asylum in Cyprus, reported AP.

Cyprus’ Asylum Service found the claim invalid due to the 59-year-old’s “serious crime”.

The hijacker, who rose to notoriety on social media for allegedly hijacking the plane to see his ex-wife and children, claimed he would be persecuted in Egypt for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. However, apart from appearing in a Rabaa t-shirt (worn commonly by supporters of the banned group), there have been no indications that such support is genuine.

The rejection for political asylum comes a month after Cyprus approved a request to extradite the hijacker to Egypt. Egypt’s Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek issued the extradition request for the suspected Egyptian hijacker on March 31 on the basis of a 1996 bilateral extradition agreement.

Mostafa took over flight MS181 en route from Alexandria to Cairo on 29 March and forced the plane to land in Cyprus. Mostafa reportedly hijacked the EgyptAir plane with the aim of reaching his ex-wife, who lives on Cyprus. She later said Mostafa is an “extremely dangerous man” who used drugs and beat her and their children, while strongly rejecting the claim that her ex-husband was acting out of love to see his family.

The hijacking was resolved peacefully and all of the 55 passengers were released without procuring any injuries.

51 Protesters Sentenced to Prison for Demonstrations Against Egypt's Transfer of Islands
The Initiative Fighting for the Dreams of Egyptian Women

Subscribe to our newsletter


More in News

Egypt's President Sisi smiles as young volunteers take a "selfie" with him during the closing session of Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) in Sharm el-Sheikh 15 March 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt Retreats 52 Spots in Global Youth Development Index

Egyptian StreetsOctober 26, 2016
egypt israel border

Israeli Teen Killed by Gunfire Along Egypt’s Border

Egyptian StreetsOctober 26, 2016
iskandarani alexandrani

Detained Egyptian Nominated for Reporters Without Borders Journalism Prize

Aya NaderOctober 26, 2016
REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egypt’s Military Likely to Reduce its Role in Egyptian Economy Within 3 Years: PM Ismail

Egyptian StreetsOctober 25, 2016
Photo: Youm7

Egypt’s Interior Ministry Warns Against Schemes to ‘Incite Chaos’ Ahead of Planned Protests

Egyptian StreetsOctober 25, 2016

Egypt’s First National Youth Conference Launched

Egyptian StreetsOctober 25, 2016

Egypt Slams Guardian for ‘Factual Mistakes’ on Cairo’s Stance on Syria

Aswat MasriyaOctober 25, 2016

50 US Business, Government Representatives Visit Egypt

Egyptian StreetsOctober 25, 2016
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.