Thursday, 13 Dec 2018
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Egypt declares that a hijacker will face terrorism charges

CAIRO – The Egyptian Attorney General said that a man who hijacked a plane and diverted it to Cyprus in 2016 will be the subject of a terrorism trial.

Seif Eddin Mustafa, 60, was extradited to Egypt in August after a long legal battle in Cyprus. Egyptian prosecutor Nabil Sadek announced that he would be the subject of a lawsuit for hijacking a civilian plane and taking passengers hostage.

No date has been set for the trial.

In March 2016, Mustafa hijacked an EgyptAir domestic flight with the aid of a fake suicide belt and redirected him to Cyprus, where he was arrested.

Mustafa said he did so in protest against the Egyptian government. Cypriot prosecutors say Mustafa told the authorities that his sole motive was to return to his separate Cypriot family.

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