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Ethiopia names hijacker of aircraft, says he is 'medically sane'

Published on Feb 17, 2014 10:49 PM
 
The rope (left) used by the co-pilot of an hijgacked Ethiopian Airlines flight en route to Rome to scale out of the cockpit window, on Feb 17, 2014, at Geneva airport. Ethiopia's government on Monday named the co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines flight who hijacked his aircraft, describing him as "medically sane" and saying the incident "beggars belief". -- PHOTO: AFP

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Ethiopia's government on Monday named the co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines flight who hijacked his aircraft, describing him as "medically sane" and saying the incident "beggars belief".

Information Minister Redwan Hussein named the hijacker as 31-year-old Hailemedehin Abera Tagegn, and said he had been working with the national carrier for five years and had no criminal record.

"So far it is known that he was medically sane, until otherwise is proven through the investigation which is going on right now," the minister told reporters.

"So the intention, what forced him to hijack his own plane, still beggars belief...any political, social or economic reason would not make sense to hijack your plane and be a criminal," he said.

 
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