Hijacker of EgyptAir plane sentenced to life

MENA , Tuesday 24 Sep 2019

Hijacker of Egyptair plane
File photo: Saif Al Din Mustafa, an Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir passenger plane to Cyprus, arrives at the court in Larnaca on March 30, 2016, a day after the incident. (AP)

An Alexandria Criminal Court  sentenced the hijacker of an EgyptAir plane, which landed in Cyprus in March 2016, to life.

An EgyptAir Airbus A 742 was hijacked by Seifeddin Mostafa Imam while en route from Alexandria's Borg El Arab airport to Cairo International Airport.

The hijacker forced the pilot to divert the flight to Cyprus, threatening the passengers with a fake suicide belt.

Upon arrival in Cyprus, Cypriot police forces arrested Imam and freed all passengers and the crew.

Imam faced charges of hijacking an airplane and changing its course on purpose, threatening, kidnapping and holding its crew members and passengers for a terrorist reason and propagating the banned Muslim Brotherhood's beliefs that call for violence. 

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