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Hijacker extradition request decision to be announced next Friday

File photo: Egyptian Seif Eldin Mustafa

A Nicosia court next Friday will announce its decision concerning a request from Egypt for the extradition of Seif Eldin Mustafa, accused of hijacking an Egypt Air flight and diverting it to Larnaca last March.

On Friday, Mustafa’s defence had requested a new postponement in a bid to submit expert testimony arguing against extradition.

The judge rejected the request and the two sides proceeded with their closing arguments.

None of the passengers and crew were harmed in the March 29 hijack. Eighty-one people, which included 21 foreigners and 15 crew were released after a six-hour standoff aboard the diverted Airbus 320 Alexandria-to-Cairo flight.

The defence are fighting extradition on human rights grounds. They argue that Mustafa may be tortured or killed if he is sent back to Egypt.

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