On Sunday, a Ryanair flight en route from Athens to Vilnius, Lithuania, was forced to make an emergency landing in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.
There are Belarusian authorities Previously a rendering was released What they believe is a conversation between a Ryanair pilot and Minsk before the plane lands. It appears here that the pilot received information that there was a bomb on the plane.
The incident has been described as kidnapping.
Among the 133 passengers on board were Belarusian activist Roman Protashevich, 26, and his girlfriend Sofia Sabeka, 23. Both were arrested before being allowed to board the flight.
In an interview BBC Sabeka’s mother tells Anna Dudic about the last news from her daughter before she was arrested.
Everything in the text message was “Uncle”. After this, it was not possible for Tudich to communicate with his daughter.
– Can’t believe this is happening to us and our daughter. “I urge anyone to help me not to ruin my baby’s life,” Tudic told the BBC.
Sabeka’s girlfriend, Roman Protashevich, has long been loved in Belarus. Protashevich works as a journalist and is one of the people behind the news service Nexta. After the election victory of the current President Alexander Lukashenko, it was an important source of information during the great protests in Belarus in August last year, which the opposition relied on as a result of fraud.
– Isn’t this illegal?
Doody was not allowed to see his daughter in the KGB prison in Minsk.
Sabeka admits that a video clip shown on state television in Belarus on Monday night was the only sign of his daughter’s life, where he released classified information belonging to the Belarusian security services.
According to the mother, the daughter’s behavior in the clip was not identical to hers, which leads to the belief that the admission came with courage.
Sabega was accused of being an activist just like his girlfriend, but according to Tudich, this was not the case.
– I do not understand why she is being arrested. She lives her life like a normal young woman. She reads, has fun, and loves. Isn’t this illegal? I do not understand, she says.
I think this is a blatant lie
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was not pleased with the charges against him after the abduction.
– As we have predicted, those who want to hurt us, here at home and abroad, have changed the methods of attacking the state. In a speech to the National Assembly on Wednesday, Lukashenko told the state news agency Belda that they had crossed many “red lines” and the boundaries of public knowledge and human morality.
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Lukashenko believes it was a blatant lie that the Ryanair plane was forced to land, and says the country has acted legally to protect people.
Following the political violence following the August election, the EU and the United States previously imposed sanctions on the president and his immediate entourage.
Several thousand people protested against Lukashenko’s victory in an election, which, according to the European Union, was neither free nor fair.
The EU is now considering imposing further sanctions and demanding the immediate release of the young couple.