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The Egyptian public prosecutor has asked Cypriot authorities to extradite the man accused of hijacking an EgyptAir passenger plane on Tuesday in a bid to see his ex-wife and children, Egyptian state TV reports.
Seif Eldin Mustafa, 59, appeared in court in Cyprus on Wednesday morning and was ordered to be held in detention for eight days.
He commandeered a domestic Alexandria-Cairo flight with 72 passengers and crew on board by pretending to wear a suicide belt that he threatened to blow up if the plane did not land in Larnaca.
All hostages were released unharmed.
The man accused of hijacking an EgyptAir passenger plane with 72 people on board has appeared in court.
A flight from Alexandra to Cairo was diverted to Cyprus on Tuesday at the demand of a passenger who was later found to be wearing a fake suicide belt.
Egyptian national Seif Eldin Mustafa was arrested over the incident. He appeared in court in the city of Larnaca, Cyprus, on Wednesday morning and was ordered to be held for eight days.
The 59-year-old was initially held on charges including hijacking, illegal possession of explosives, kidnapping and threats to commit violence.
Police prosecutor Andreas Lambrianou said that the suspect told police: "What's someone supposed to do when he hasn't seen his wife and children in 24 years and the Egyptian government won't let him?"
Passengers and crew members caught up in the EgyptAir hijacking have arrived in Cairo.
The plane was travelling from Alexandria to Cairo when it was forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday because of a man wearing what turned out to be a fake suicide belt.
There were scenes of joy and tears at Cairo International Airport as those on the plane embraced people waiting to meet them.
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