In May 2021, a Ryanair plane was received by a Belarusian fighter jet en route from Greece to Lithuania and forced to land in Belarus.
The authorities claimed that a bomb threat hit the plane, causing it to land.
When the plane landed, the Belarusian police got on board and arrested the Belarusian activist Sofia Sabiga and her boyfriend Roman Protasevich.
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He writes the incident, among others referred to as “air piracy” cloudsIt sparked strong international reactions.
Sabiga is a fierce critic of the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. Among other things, she and her boyfriend operated several channels on the Telegram messaging service, where, among other things, they helped organize massive demonstrations against Lukashenko in connection with the elections in 2020.
Sapiga writes that he has now been sentenced to six years in prison for “inciting social hatred and anarchy.” BBC.
She was also convicted of collecting and sharing private information about an unnamed person without his consent, the BBC wrote.
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Sabiga’s defender told Sky News that they will ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to break into the venue, because she is a Russian citizen.
Protasevich fled Belarus in 2019 because he was afraid of imprisonment. He remains imprisoned in the country awaiting trial. It is currently unclear what he is accused of.
Protasevich was on Belarus’ wanted list when the plane was forced to land. However, the incident led to a number of countries imposing sanctions on Belarus.
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