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Friday 18 April 2014

Hijack suspect remanded in custody

The co-pilot of a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane forced to land at Geneva Airport will be held in custody pending further investigation

A Swiss court has ordered the co-pilot of a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane to be held in custody pending further investigation and appointed him a defence lawyer.

The man, who has previously been identified as 31-year-old Ethiopian Hailemedhin Abera, is accused of hijacking the Rome-bound plane and forcing it to land in Geneva on Monday.

None of the 200 passengers and crew members were injured in the incident.

Swiss federal prosecutors said in a statement today that investigators are trying to get "a complete picture of the events during the plane hijacking" but did not provide further details.

Prosecutors also said the plane was released to Ethiopian Airlines yesterday.

AP

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