Hi­jacker seeks asy­lum

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Seifel-Din Moustafa-Eman, a 59 year old who has been held in Nicosia since March 29 fac­ing charges re­lated to the hi­jack­ing of an Egyp­tAir flight and who was set to be ex­tra­dited to Egypt has ap­plied for asy­lum, Min­is­ter of In­te­rior Socrates Hasikos has told CNA.

Hasikos, who was re­ply­ing to CNA ques­tions said re­view of the ap­pli­ca­tion will be com­pleted soon.

The Min­istry of Jus­tice ap­proved on April 6 the ex­tra­di­tion of the hi­jacker Seif Eldin Mustafa back to Egypt. Mustafa hi­jacked an Egyp­tair flight on March 29, on a do­mes­tic flight from Alexan­dria en route to Cairo and forced it to land in Cyprus.

Mustafa faces charges for hi­jack­ing, il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of ex­plo­sives, ab­duc­tion, threat of vi­o­lence, at­tempt to cause bod­ily harm with the use of ex­plo­sives, reck­less be­hav­iour, and of­fences re­lat­ing to the vi­o­la­tion of the laws on ter­ror­ism and civil avi­a­tion.

The hi­jacker of Egyp­tAir flight MS181, which landed in Lar­naca Air­port, sur­ren­dered him­self to the Po­lice. All pas­sen­gers and crew were re­leased un­harmed and re­turned to Cairo.

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