THE suspected mastermind of a massacre which wiped out three generations of a Ripponden family has been handed over to the Egyptian authorities.
Mohamed Ali Hassan Mokhlis will stand trial after being flown from Uruguay, where he has been held since trying to enter the country on a false passport in early 1999.
Sixty-eight people - mostly tourists - were gunned down by Muslim extremists at the Egyptian tourist spot of Luxor on November 17, 1997.
Among the dead were six British people, three of whom came from Ripponden.
The Ripponden victims included five-year-old Shaunnagh Turner, who was on holiday with her mother and grandmother.
The village was further rocked when it emerged that the bodies of the adult victims, Karina Turner, 24, and Joan Turner, 53, had been wrongly identified.
Funeral arrangements had to be halted as a worldwide search was made for their remains.
Mrs Joan Turner's body was finally found in Switzerland and Karina's in a grave in southern Germany.
After DNA and dental checks the family was finally laid to rest at St Bartho- lomew's Church, Ripponden.
On the day of the shooting, the family was enjoying a private excursion to the 3,400- year-old temple of Queen Hatshepsut, overlooking the Valley of the Kings.
Karina, who was separated from Shaunnagh's father, Mr Richard Whitton, worked for First Choice's airline Air 2000 as an air stewardess.
Her mother, Joan, ran a care agency for elderly and disabled people in Calderdale and Shaunnagh attended St Mary's C of E Junior and Infant School in Mill Bank, near Ripponden.
Mokhlis was taken into custody after his arrival at Cairo airport.
His extradition followed years of attempts by Egyptian officials to have him sent back to face trial over the atrocity. He had tried to enter Uruguay from Brazil using a fake Malaysian passport.
The Islamic fundamentalist group al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, which claimed responsibility for the murders, said the attack was a failed attempt to take hostages to trade for their leader, a cleric jailed in the USA for bomb plots.