31 Mar 2016

Egypt asks Cyprus to extradite man accused of hijacking airliner

7:56 am on 31 March 2016

Egypt has asked Cyprus to extradite the man accused of hijacking an airliner on Tuesday.

Seif al-Din Mustafa, described by Cypriot officials as being mentally disturbed, used a fake suicide belt to hijack the Egyptair flight and forced it to fly to Larnaca.

Egyptian prosecutors say Mr Mustafa should be handed over under a 1996 bilateral extradition treaty.

He has been remanded in custody in Cyprus for eight days.

Possible charges include air piracy, kidnapping and threatening behaviour