EgyptAir flight crew: Hijacker opposed Egypt's policies

2016-06-06 14:05
An EgyptAir Airbus in the air near Zaventem airport in Brussels. (Kevin Cleynhens, AP)

An EgyptAir Airbus in the air near Zaventem airport in Brussels. (Kevin Cleynhens, AP)

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WATCH: Third Egyptian plane tragedy in six months

2016-05-19 11:42

National carrier EgyptAir says a plane carrying 66 passengers and crew on a flight from Paris to Cairo has gone missing in Egypt air space. This is the third Egyptian plane tragedy in recent months. Watch. WATCH

Nicosia — The lawyer for an Egyptian hijacker says the flight crew of the EgyptAir plane had testified that the man threatened to blow up the aircraft because he was against the Egyptian government.

Robertos Brahimis told a Cypriot court on Monday that both the pilot and the co-pilot had testified in documents supporting Egypt's request to extradite Seif Eddin Mustafa from Cyprus that he said aboard the Airbus A320 last March that he hijacked the aircraft because he "opposed the Egyptian government's policies."

Brahimis said a Cyprus-Egypt treaty prohibits a suspect's extradition on political grounds. But prosecution witness Yioulika Hadjiprodromou said Egypt's extradition request has nothing to do with his politics and repeated that Egypt has given assurances that Mustafa will receive a fair trial and have his rights protected.

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