Ethiopia Denies ‘Hijacker’ Co-pilot Faced Persecution

The Ethiopian government says the co-pilot who commandeered an Ethiopian Airlines plane on Sunday was not facing persecution in his home country. 

The 31-year-old suspect, Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn, requested asylum after taking the plane to Geneva, Switzerland. Hailemedhin is now in Swiss custody.
 
Ethiopian government spokesman Redwan Hussein says the co-pilot’s actions do not make sense, as he had no criminal record in Ethiopia.

“As it is an Ethiopian Airlines pilot,…