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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

EgyptAir lovejacker handed lifetime jail sentence

Court condemns lovejacker for life: The Alexandria Criminal Court handed yesterday Seif El Din Moustafa, the man who hijacked and diverted a domestic EgyptAir plane to Cyprus in 2016, a life sentence for charges including “intimidation and threats to seize a plane and abduct its passengers for a terrorist purpose,” reports Reuters. Moustafa has a right to appeal the sentence within 60 days. He was extradited to Egypt last year after having been held in custody in Cyprus for over two years. His story made headlines in March 2016, when he used a fake explosives belt to abduct an Alexandria-Cairo flight with 55 passengers on board. He claimed at the time he wanted to send a message to his former Cypriot wife, and also called for the release of female detained in Egyptian prisons.

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