CAIRO: Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadeq has sent a request to the Cypriot prosecution to keep Egyptian citizen Seif el Din Mostafa, who is accused of hijacking EgyptAir plane, in custody till extradition procedures are completed, Youm7 reported Friday.
The request comes is in line with bilateral agreement on extraditing criminals signed with Cyprus on March 25, 1996 and relevant international agreements on combating hijack, according to a statement of Attorney General office.
A Larnaca District Court on Wednesday approved a prosecution request to extend the detention of Mostafa for 8 days pending investigation over charges of hijacking an EgyptAir flight.
The request came after Mostafa appeared before a Larnaca District Court Wednesday. 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 is 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.