Cyprus minister: Egyptian hijacking suspect asks for asylum

NICOSIA- Cyprus’ interior minister says a man who has 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’s asylum claim will be examined ahead of a request by Egyptian authorities for his extradition. Cyprus’ Attorney General Costas Clerides has said that Mustafa is fighting his extradition and has hired a lawyer.



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