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Cyprus Urged to Extradite Hijacker

Egypt wants Cyprus to extradite a man who was arrested on charges of hijacking an EgyptAir plane and forcing it to land in Larnaca.

Cypriot Attorney General Costas Clerides said the request to extradite Seif Eddin Mustafa, 59, will be examined after investigation into crimes on which Cypriot authorities have jurisdiction are completed, Xinhua reported.

“When investigations are completed it will be decided whether he will be extradited to Egypt,” said Clerides.

Mustafa claimed that he carried out the hijacking because he wanted to see his ex-wife, a Cypriot, with whom he separated in 1994 but she described him as dangerous and abusive.

The hijacker tried to escape after all people on board were either released by him of left the plane, but was arrested and is being held.

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