On Friday, June 25, a month after their arrest following the diversion of the plane, Belarusian authorities announced the house arrest of the disgruntled Roman Protashevich and his Russian comrade Sofia Sabeka.
On its Telegram channel, the Belarusian inquiry team said it had “Considered possible” Both of the accused should be placed under house arrest for what they did “Consensus Confession” And confirmation “Assist in the investigation and identify their associates”.
Roman Protasevich, 26, and Sofia Sabeka, 23, were detained at Minsk airport after being detained. Diversion, May 23, Of a Ryanair plane on the Athens-Vilnius route where they were.
The anti-historical movement that erupted last year in Belarus after the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko for the fifth time has been accused of conspiring on social networks that have been denounced as fraud. Since his arrest, the journalist has been featured on public television several times, and his supporters have condemned the interviews. “Under control”. In a statement, Amnesty International estimates they are under house arrest. “Looks like a cynical maneuver” Aimed at removing sanctions.
Continuing pressure on Lukashenko’s regime
On Friday, an adviser to opposition leader Svetlana Dikanovskaya said she had spoken to Roman Protashevich’s parents and was aware that he was under house arrest. “It simply came to our notice then. KGB people live in the same room as him ”However, it was clarified Frank Viagorka on Twitter. Mr Viagorka said the opponent’s parents did not do so “They have nothing to do with Roman. They are afraid that he will work with Chip to negotiate with the West.”, Which imposed sanctions on Belarus. He also published Photo taken by a passerby in Minsk Roman Protashevich and Sofia Sabeka seem to be giving an interview in a park.
Svetlana Dikanovskaya greeted on her telegram channel a ” good news “ Despite that “Supervised housing is not freedom”. “They are always being charged and their every move is being monitored. So they are still being held hostage.”, According to her.
For his part, Sofia Sabeka’s lawyer Alexandre Pilnovich told the Telegram “Positive Growth in the Future” For the young lady.
The regime of Alexander Lukashenko severely suppressed the movement, arrested or deported all the leaders of the struggle, many of whom are currently under investigation. In anticipation of another trial, the Belarusian public prosecutor’s office announced on Friday that it had sent prosecutors Maxim Snok and Maria Kolsnikova, an opposition figure arrested in September, to justice. “Conspiracy to seize power”.
This week, the EU and Washington’s defense and transport ministers imposed new sanctions on dozens of officials, including one of the sons of Air Chief Marshal and Alexander Lukashenko. The European Union on Thursday imposed sanctions on key sectors of the Belarusian economy.