Egypt demands Cyprus extradite suspected hijacker

A Larnaca judge on Wednesday (March 30) ordered that Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa be held in custody for eight days.
A Larnaca judge on Wednesday (March 30) ordered that Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa be held in custody for eight days. PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt has asked Cyprus to extradite a man accused of hijacking an EgyptAir flight and diverting it to Larnaca where he was arrested, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The state prosecutor's office said in a statement that Egyptian Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa, 58, should be remanded into its custody for questioning under a 1996 bilateral extradition treaty.

A Larnaca judge on Wednesday (March 30) ordered that Mostafa be held in custody for eight days, in his first court appearance after Tuesday's hijacking.