Cyprus, April 1: The EgyptAir hijacker is not lovesick for his wife, but is mentally unstable and that is what he has been since his early years in marriage. According to his ex-wife, their marriage was a "very black period".
She went ahead and described that they had been estranged for a long time and that her marriage to the hijacker was no romantic fairy tale, but an experience of violence, torture and drug abuse.
She said,"Most of the media painted a picture of romance in which a man was trying to reach out to his estranged wife. But that couldn't be further from the truth and they would have a different opinion if they knew what he was really like. It was a very black period, full of threats, beating, torture and terror from a man who knew how to produce fear and spread unhappiness around him."
Mustafa hijacked the EgyptAir MS181 in a bid to meet his wife and seek political asylum in Cyprus. The couple married in 1980 when Ms Paraschou was just 20 years old but divorced decades ago.
Until this week's events, Mustafa had not met his wife and children for 24 years. On his insistence, the Egyptian authorities brought Paraschou to meet him and diffuse his attempts of blowing up the plane with four passengers and seven crew hostage.