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A court in Malta issues a prison sentence to a Libyan in the case of a plane hijacking

The Libyan Address Journal

A Malta judge has sentenced one of the two Libyans, who hijacked a plane four years ago and forced the pilot to divert it, to Malta to 25 years in prison.

The Afriqiyah Airlines Airbus 320 was on an internal flight to Tripoli when it was hijacked on Dec. 23, 2016, by the men, supporters of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The two men threatened to blow up the plane if their demands were not complied with, but the Malta government refused to negotiate before releasing all 109 passengers.

The two hijackers surrendered after four hours, without clarifying their demands, and their weapons were found to be fake.

One of them, Soko Moussa Shaha Ali, pleaded guilty on Wednesday and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The other accused, Ali Ahmed Saleh, denies his involvement in the hijacking.

The judge said, said that although no one was injured, the court had to show that it took such acts of terrorism very seriously.”

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