Egypt's top prosecutor discussing in Cyprus extradition of EgyptAir hijacker

Ahram Online , Thursday 16 Jun 2016

The hijacker, Seif El-Din Mostafa, is fighting the extradition in court, arguing he would not receive a fair trial in Egypt

Egyptian Prosecutor in Cyprus
Egypt's Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek with his Cypriot Prosecutor General Costas Clerides

Egypt's Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadek discussed in Larnaca with his Cypriot counterpart, Costas Clerides, the extradition of the Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir plane from Egypt and redirected it to Cyprus in March, Ahram Arabic news website announced.

The Egyptian prosecutor-general headed to Larnaca on Wednesday to follow up in a three-day visit on the investigations into the actions of the hijacker, Seif El-Din Mostafa.

Sadek also signed with Clerides a memorandum of judicial cooperation in the field of cross-border crime.

An informed source told Ahram Arabic news website that the Cypriot government was willing to extradite Mostafa to Egypt, although Mostafa is challenging the extradition in court, arguing he would not receive a fair trial in Egypt and could face torture or be given the death penalty.

Proceedings in the case have been adjourned until 17 June.

Cypriot authorities have rejected his request for political asylum, deeming him a "perpetrator of serious crimes."

Mostafa is accused of using a fake suicide belt to seize the plane, which was en route to Cairo from Alexandria, and diverting it to Cyprus on 29 March.  

He was arrested when he stepped off the plane after all 55 passengers on board were released unharmed following a six-hour standoff.

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