Cyprus Minister: Egyptian Hijacking Suspect Asks for Asylum

74
Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 11:04 AM

Socrates Hasikos told the Associated Press Wednesday that 59-year-old Seif Eddin Mustafa'south asylum claim will be examined ahead of a request by Egyptian authorities for his extradition.

Cyprus' interior minister says a man who's admitted hijacking a domestic EgyptAir flight and diverting it to Cyprus is claiming political asylum.

Socrates Hasikos told the Associated Press Wednesday that 59-year-old Seif Eddin Mustafa'south asylum claim will be examined ahead of a request by Egyptian authorities for his extradition.

Cyprus' Attorney Common Costas Clerides has said that Mustafa is fighting his extradition and has hired a lawyer.

Latest month'south hijacking ended peacefully six hours after Mustafa — described by Cypriot authorities as "psychologically unstable" — forced the Airbus A320 to land in Cyprus' main Larnaca airport by threatening to blow it up with a fake suicide belt. Mustafa was arrested when he stepped off the plane after all seventy-two passengers and crew were released.

READ ALSO
Thailand's Songkran Water Festival Begins Amid Regional Drought

Thailand's Songkran Water Festival Begins Amid Regional Drought

The Songkran festival celebrates the country'south New Year and the water is said to cleans people of their sins and misfortunes.

80
Two French soldiers die in Mali after vehicle hits mine

Two French soldiers die in Mali after vehicle hits mine

One soldier was announced deceased on Tuesday after the vehicle struck an explosive device during a patrol in the restive N of the country. The latest deaths get the French army casualty toll to seventeen since Paris intervened in its former colony in January...

77
Iran president below scrutiny over juvenile executions

Iran president below scrutiny over juvenile executions

What made the case controversial is that Salbehi was only seventeen, a minor by international valid standards, when she allegedly committed the crime.

85
Turkey shells targets in Syria after rockets hit border town: sources

Turkey shells targets in Syria after rockets hit border town: sources

There were number casualties in Kilis after multiple rockets landed in an vacant field, Mayor Hasan Kara told Reuters. The security sources said the Turkish military fired howitzers into Syria in response."We go to sleep to the sounds of rockets and we wake up to the sound of rockets,"...

78