Bail for Libyan arrested for 2016 hijacking

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A Maltese court granted bail to one of two men arrested ibn 2016 for hijacking after a passenger plane was forced to land in Malta, saying he spent the maximum time allowed in prison without being tried.

Soko Moussa Shaha Ali and an accomplice were arrested for hijacking an Afriqiyah Airlines Airbus 320 just before Christmas in 2016, diverting it from its Libyan destination to Malta.

The hijackers surrendered after releasing 109 passengers and seven crew members. They threatened to blow up the plane, but their weapons turned out to be fake. Both have been awaiting trial since.

Soko Moussa’s lawyer argued his client was entitled to release from arrest in terms of law, since the maximum term of 30 months preventive arrest had run its course.

The court granted Soko Moussa bail on condition he supply a fixed address in Malta and not leave the island because he still must be tried for the hijacking.