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Cyprus Orders Plane Hijacking Suspect Extradited To Egypt

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Posted: Sep 30, 2016 at 10:26 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A Cypriot court ruled on Friday that an Egyptian man accused of hijacking a plane and diverting it to Cyprus can be extradited to Cairo for his alleged crimes.

Nicosia District Court judge Dona Constantinou was satisfied that Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa, 58, would get a fair trial in Egypt and would not be persecuted for his political beliefs.

“I have no doubt that the offences described in the extradition request are offences which can constitute an extradition order,” the judge’s ruling said.

“The offences are part of the common criminal code and under no circumstances can they be considered political,” she added.

Mostafa listened to the proceedings pensively and gave no outward sign of emotion.

Defence lawyer Robertos Vrahimi said he has been instructed by his client to appeal the decision and has 10 days to do so.

Mostafa is accused of using a fake suicide belt to seize the EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria to Cairo in March and redirect it to the Mediterranean island.

The hijacking ended peacefully with his arrest and the release of the 55 passengers after a six-hour standoff.

Constantinou said that when Mostafa was arrested he gave “no political motive whatsoever” for his actions.

Egypt requested Mostafa face trial under a bilateral agreement.

The defence argued that Mostafa should not be extradited because he would not receive a fair trial and there was a possibility he could be tortured.

It was claimed that as an opponent of the regime in Egypt he would not get justice.