Egyptian plane hijack suspect ordered held in Cyprus

March 30, 2016 11:22 AM

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Egyptian plane hijack suspect ordered held in Cyprus

A suspected hijacker who used a fake explosive belt to commandeer an Egyptian airliner flashed a victory sign Wednesday after a court in Cyprus ordered him held before possible terror-linked charges from an apparent desperate bid to see his estranged family.

Tuesday’s diversion an EygptAir plane ended after a nearly six-hour standoff at Cyprus’s main airport in Larnaca and included several bizarre moments, such as one British hostage posing with a massive grin for a photo alongside the 59-year-old hijacker.

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