3-week pause for hijacking suspect’s extradition proceedings
EgyptAir plane hijack suspect Seif Eddin Mustafa, 59, 2nd left, with t-shirt is escorted by Cyprus police officers as he arrives in a court in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, April 22, 2016. Mustafa described as "psychologically unstable" hijacked a flight on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, from Egypt to Cyprus and threatened to blow it up. His explosives turned out to be fake, and he surrendered with all passengers released unharmed after a bizarre six-hour standoff. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA, Cyprus: A court in Cyprus has adjourned extradition proceedings for an Egyptian hijacking suspect for three weeks after prosecutors requested more time to examine documents from Egyptian authorities.

Robertos Vrahimis, the lawyer for 59-year-old Seif Eddin Mustafa who prosecutors say has admitted hijacking an EgyptAir flight and diverting it to Cyprus last month, told The Associated Press Friday his client didn’t object to remaining in custody until his next court appearance on May 13.

Vrahimis said Mustafa’s political asylum request will continue to be examined. Mustafa is fighting extradition over fears of how he’ll be treated by Egyptian authorities because of his political beliefs.

Before entering the court, Mustafa had his shirt unbuttoned to reveal a T-shirt saying, “CICI KILLER” – an apparent reference to Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah el-Sisi.

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