News

Cyprus Approves Egypt’s Request to Extradite EgyptAir Hijacker

Cyprus Approves Egypt’s Request to Extradite EgyptAir Hijacker

Cyprus police escort hijacking suspect Seif El-Din Mustafa as leaving court for a remand hearing as authorities investigate him on multiple charges. Photo: AP/Petros Karadjias

Cyprus announced on Wednesday that it has agreed to extradite the man accused of hijacking an EgyptAir passenger plane on 29 March upon the request from Egyptian authorities, according to AFP.

The hijacker, Egyptian citizen Seif El-Din Mohamed Mostafa, is accused of taking over flight MS181 en route from Alexandria to Cairo last week and forcing the plane to land in Cyprus.

Cypriot authorities said a legal process will be set in motion to implement the extradition of the 58-year-old, who currently is in police custody in Cyprus and will remain so until his papers are ready.

“Instructions were given for the relevant procedures to begin,” a government official told AFP.

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 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.

Egypt to Launch Tourism Campaign in Italy Despite Unsolved Regeni Case
Egypt's Interior Ministry Withdraws Claim Filed Against Leading Press Freedom Defender

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egyptian Woman Receives 1 Million EGP Compensation Over HIV Transmission From Husband

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 24, 2020

Egypt to Propose New Strict Penalties for Female Genital Mutilation

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 22, 2020

UAE Honors Sir Magdi Yacoub and Donates 360 Million for New Cairo Heart Center

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 22, 2020

Far Right Terrorist Kills 11 in Hanau Shisha Bars Shooting

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 20, 2020

First Case of Coronavirus in Egypt ‘Recovering’ and in ‘Good Health’, WHO Confirms

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 20, 2020

Over 180 Jews Fly in to Celebrate ‘Shabat’ at Recently Restored Alexandrian Synagogue

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 17, 2020

Egypt’s Musicians Syndicate Bans Popular Mahraganat Music

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 17, 2020

European Parliament President Calls for Release of Student Activist Patrick

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 16, 2020