CAIRO: Cypriot judicial authorities will extradite Egyptian citizen Seif El din Mostafa, who is accused of hijacking EgyptAir plane “after preliminary investigations are over,”a source at the Egyptian Attorney General office told Youm7 Wednesday.
The approval came at the request of Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadeq and after extensive talks between Cypriot judicial bodies and the International Cooperation Bureau of the Egypt’s Justice Ministry, said the source.
Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said coordination with the Cypriot judicial authorities is underway to determine whether the suspect will be tried in Cairo.
“Mostafa is being investigated by the Cyprus prosecution in coordination with Egypt’s Attorney General,” said Ismail.
Earlier this morning, a Larnaca District Court approved a prosecution request to extend the detention of Mostafa for 8 days pending investigation over charges of hijacking the EgyptAir flight Tuesday.
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 he 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.