EgyptAir hijacker’s lawyer seeks human rights expert in Cyprus

Published July 5th, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa, an Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir passenger plane and forced it to divert to Cyprus demanding to see his ex-wife, wears handcuffs as he leaves court in Larnaca escorted by Cypriot police on March 30, 2016. (AFP/George Michael)
Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa, an Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir passenger plane and forced it to divert to Cyprus demanding to see his ex-wife, wears handcuffs as he leaves court in Larnaca escorted by Cypriot police on March 30, 2016. (AFP/George Michael)

The lawyer of Seif al-Din Mustafa, an Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir flight in March, has been given 17 days by a Cypriot court to find a human rights expert to support Mustafa's argument that being extradited back to Egypt could put his life at risk, the Associated Press reported.

The lawyer Robertos Brahimis' request for adjournment was approved so as not to deny Mustafa's main line of defense against extradition.

Egyptian human rights experts have so far been unwilling to travel to Cyprus and testify against Egypt. Brahimis said he has been in touch with Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, among other experts.

Mustafa forced a domestic EgyptAir flight to be diverted to Cyprus on March 29 and ultimately ended peacefully with all 72 passengers and crew released.


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