The EgyptianAir hijacker, Seif El-din Mustafa, who forced diversion of plane from Alexandria to Larnaca, has been described as psychologically unstable and the Cypriot authorities have approved a request for him to be extradited to Cairo.
He was accused of using a fake suicide belt to seize the Alexandria-Cairo flight on March 29th and force it to land in Cyprus. The suspect surrendered at Larnaca airport after commandeering the domestic flight MS181 with 82 people on board.
A Cyprus government official told AFP news agency.”Instructions were given for the relevant procedures to begin”. Officials are expected to try to fast-track the extradition process, which could take several weeks. The suspect is expected to remain in police custody until his extradition papers are ready.
The Egyptian state prosecutor’s office had asked for him to be handed over under a 1996 bilateral extradition treaty. Mustafa, described by authorities as psychologically unstable, said he acted out of desperation to see his Cypriot ex-wife and children.