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    A man named Seif Eldin Mustafa, who was arrested after he hijacked an EgyptAir flight, which was forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday, gestures as he is transferred by Cypriot police from a court in the city of Larnaca, Cyprus March 30, 2016.

    Egypt Reiterates Demand for Cyprus to Extradite EgyptAir Jet Hijacker

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    Egyptian office of Interpol reiterated the demand for Cyprus to extradite the EgyptAir jet hijacker Seif Eldin Mustafa on the basis of the Court ruling, media reported.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) — September 30, Nicosia District Court ordered the extradition of the Egyptian national who hijacked the EgyptAir plane in March.

    According to Youm7 media outlet, the hearing of the appeal to the extradition of the Egyptian Hijacker is scheduled for December 1.

    After the extradition, Mustafa will be put under the jurisdiction of Alexandria's prosecution office for further investigation. The Egyptian laws equate a hijack to a terrorist attack, which presumes a life imprisonment in case of the absence of casualties, the news outlet said.

    Mustafa requested asylum in Cyprus as charges he is facing, including hijacking, illegal possession of explosives, attempt to use them to cause harm, abduction and threat of violence are punished with death sentence in Egypt, but the Cyprus authorities rejected the appeal.

    In March, 59-year-old Mustafa, allegedly motivated by personal reasons, hijacked an EgyptAir plane with over 80 people on board en route from Egypt’s Alexandria to Cairo. The plane subsequently landed in Cyprus' Larnaca airport. None of the passengers or crew members sustained injuries during the incident.

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