CAIRO: Cypriot authorities have agreed to extradite Egyptian national Seif el Din Mostafa who was accused of hijacking EgyptAir plane late March, reported Egypt’s state news agency MENA Wednesday evening.
Mostafa, 58, forced the 55-passenger plane that was en route from Alexandria to Cairo to change its direction to Cyprus by claiming that he was wearing a belt rigged with explosives. However, after releasing all passengers and the crew, it was revealed that the belt contained no explosives.
The hijacker has been investigated by Cypriot authorities and Larnaca District Court on approved a prosecution request to extend his detention for 8 days pending investigation.
A source at the Egyptian Attorney General office told Youm7 on March 30 that the Cypriot judicial authorities will extradite Mostafa “after preliminary investigations are over.”