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Five Syrians accused of ‘terrorising’ EgyptAir flight

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Accused said to be requesting asylum in Scotland

Police escort passengers off the Egyptair Boeing 777 flight Glasgow Prestwick airport in Scotland on June 15, 2013 (AFP, Andy Buchanan)

Police escort passengers off the Egyptair Boeing 777 flight Glasgow Prestwick airport in Scotland on June 15, 2013 (AFP, Andy Buchanan)

Five Syrians accused of “terrorising” the EgyptAir flight which made an emergency landing in Glasgow last week are seeking asylum in Scotland, the state-owned news agency Al-Ahram reported on Thursday. The comment was made by EgyptAir’s head of security, Major General Magdi Alwan.

According to Alwan, Scottish authorities have denied the request for asylum, pending investigation into the incident which grounded the Egypt Air flight 985 on 15 June.

The Cairo-New York flight had been underway with 303 passengers, when, according to Al-Ahram, a “threatening message” was found in one of the toilets, prompting the pilot to land at Glasgow Prestwick, the nearest airport.

The remaining passengers have been released and have continued on their journey, while the five Syrians remain in Scotland pending investigation.

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Luiz Sanchez

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Luiz is a Brazilian journalist in Cairo @luizdaVeiga

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    Syria is in a political as well as paramilitary turmoil for more than two years which turned the country into a hell-like military zone. Being unable to cope with the ever-increasing deteriorated situation, innocent Syrians found themselves caught in a seemingly endless conflict.

    Innocent Syrians have two options. The first of them is to be refugees which is somehow a humiliating human experience. The second option is to do something stupid similar to what they did with EgyptAir flight.

    Assuming that they are not war criminals escaping from the possibility of being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court, were they really having any viable alternative without likely accusation of being terrorists?


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