EgyptAir hijacker declared “psychologically unstable”

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 30, 2016

Authorities in Cyprus have reportedly classified the man who hijacked an EgyptAir plane on Tuesday, as “psychologically unstable” and that he might be extradited to his home country to face prosecution.

According to reports, charges of hijacking, illegal possession of explosives, kidnapping and threats to commit violence could be made against Seif Eldin Mustafa, after the 59-year old took control of the Airbus A320 on the short flight from Cairo to Alexandria, resulting in it being diverted to the Cypriot airport of Larnaca.

He was taken into custody after an eight-hour standoff with police having threatened to activate a suicide belt, which was later discovered to have been packed with cellphone covers. Although the motives remain unconfirmed, it is being suspected that Mustafa wanted to see his estranged ex-wife who resides in nearby Oroklini, and with whom he has four children.

All of the 60 passengers on-board, which included two South African-based Greek Orthodox Priests, were released without incident.

Mustafa briefly appeared in a Larnaca District Court on Wednesday and is expected to remain behind bars for eight days until a decision is made.

 

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