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AG confirms Egypt has asked for hijacker to be extradited

File photo: Mustafa being taken to court in Larnaca

Attorney-general Costas Clerides confirmed on Saturday that Egypt has asked Cyprus to hand over an Egyptian man accused of hijacking a passenger plane and diverting it to Cyprus last Tuesday.

The suspect, Seif Eldin Mustafa, 59, surrendered later in the day on Tuesday after commandeering a domestic Alexandria-Cairo flight with 72 passengers and crew on board.

All hostages were released unharmed.

A Larnaca court on Wednesday remanded Mustafa in custody for eight days in connection with the hijacking of the EgyptAir aircraft with a fake suicide belt and diverting it to Cyprus.

“It will be decided whether to try the man in Cyprus or extradite him as soon as the investigation for possible offences for which we have jurisdiction is completed,” Clerides told the Cyprus News Agency.

His extradition was a political matter and will be decided in cooperation with the government, he added.

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