2 Libyans charged in Malta with hijacking a flight

2016-12-25 16:20
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A search and rescue operation is under way in the Libyan capital Tripoli following a Libyan Afriqiyah Airways plane crash, which killed 104 people on board.

Valletta — Two Libyan men have been arraigned in a Maltese court on charges of hijacking a domestic Libyan flight to the Mediterranean island of Malta.

Defendants Moussa Saha and Ahmed Ali each entered pleas of innocent and wore bulletproof vests in their appearance on Sunday. They face up to life in prison.

The hours-long hijacking standoff on Friday at Valletta airport ended peacefully after negotiations. Those on board the hijacked Afriqiyah Airways plane returned to Libya on a different plane on Saturday.

Other charges include possession of imitation weapons, using violence against a person on a flight, holding people against their will, making threats of violence and attempting to cause financial or economic instability to a government.

Afriqiyah Airways said the hijackers wanted to go to Rome but ended up in Malta due to fuel limitations.

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