CAIRO: A Larnaca District Court on Wednesday approved a prosecution request to extend the detention of Egyptian national Seif El din Mostafa for 8 days pending investigation over charges of hijacking an EgyptAir flight Tuesday.
The request came after Mostafa appeared before a Larnaca District Court Wednesday. The trial opened 09:30 Cyprus local time.
Reportedly motivated by personal reasons, Mostafa hijacked passengers aboard EgyptAir plane en route from Alexandria to Cairo on Tuesday forcing its pilot to change its course and land in Larnaca airport, where the hijacker was detained shortly after negotiations with Cypriot authorities.
Mostafa claimed he was wearing an explosive belt which was reported later to be fake.
According to the Cyprus Mail newspaper, the suspect is being kept at the Nicosia Central Prisons.
Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said coordination with the Cypriot judicial authorities are underway to determine whether the suspect will be tried in Cairo.
“Mostafa is being investigated by Cyprus prosecution in coordination with Egypt’s Attorney General,” said Sherif adding that it is too early to discuss Mostafa’s extradition to Egypt.
All passengers and crew, who were released on same day, have returned safely to Egypt.