Kazakh would-be hijacker has no terror link: Rome police

25th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Kazakh man who tried to hijack a Paris-Rome flight and divert it to the Libyan capital Tripoli suffers from depression and has no links to terrorism, Italy's ANSA news agency reported Monday.

Police questioned Valery Tolmashev, 48, for five hours after he threatened a flight attendant with a small knife or nail file on the Alitalia flight at around 1930 GMT on Sunday.

Other crew members quickly overpowered Tolmashev, and a doctor on board administered a sedative to the would-be hijacker before the flight landed safely at Rome's Fiumicino airport.

The father of two, an adviser to Kazakhstan's delegation at UNESCO, lives in Paris and had never been to Italy, ANSA said.

© 2011 AFP

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