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Libyan plane hijackers charged with terrorism at Malta court

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The two Libyan plane hijackers who forced a domestic plane to divert to Malta on Friday have appeared at a Maltese court, charged with a string of offences including terrorism.

The two Libyans, Ali Saleh (28yrs) and Moussa Soko (27), arrived at the Maltese court on Sunday afternoon escorted by armed guards.

They were charged with hijacking the plane and holding the 109 passengers and 6 crew members against their will.

The two denied the charges.

Saleh and Soko hijacked the Afriqiyah Airways airplane on Friday and diverted in to Malta International Airport.

They released all passengers on board before surrendering themselves to security authorities at the airport.

The plane was flying a domestic route in Libya in the day, from the southern city of Sebha to its original destination of the Libyan capital Tripoli.

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