When the Belarusian authorities forcibly landed an Irish Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius in Belarusian airspace on Sunday, together with the anti-government journalist and activist Roman Protasevic, they Their girlfriend Sofia Sapega was towed away from the plane.
On Monday, Belarusian State Television broadcasted the Belarusian prosecutor’s office accusing Protashevich of “confession” (apparently made under duress): organizing large-scale riots, severely disrupting public order and inciting social hostility.
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Now, the recording of the arrested Sapega has been released along with the “confession” of the “criminal”, and she seems to be responsible for it.
“I am Sapega Sofia Andreyevna and I was born on February 10, 1998. I am a citizen of the Russian Federation and I live in Vilnius, Lithuania. On May 23, 2021, I was on the same plane as Roman Protashevich. I am also a Telegram channel. The editor of Chernaya Kniga (Black Book) released private information about law enforcement officers,” Sapega, now 23, told the camera, very frustrated and scared.
In other words, the Belarusian militants allegedly released personal data about the police on the channel of the Russian social network Telegram. These police brutally attacked the protesters during the protest, which lasted from last summer to the beginning of this year. , The purpose is to cancel the election victory. The opposition and the European Union believe that it was the work of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. However, in Belarus, publishing such personal data is a crime.
The Belarusian militants and the Sapega family believed that the girl had to read the text they gave her and she was threatened to confess guilt. The 26-year-old Protasevic family is also convinced that he was tortured, as can be seen from the scratches on his face in the video posted.
Sofia’s mother, Ana Dudic, said: “We are in such a state that we don’t think this happened to us, our daughter.” British Broadcasting Corporation. The two had made a tourist visit to Greece before returning to Lithuania, but they never did.
Dudic said that when the plane landed in Minsk and before her mobile phone went off, the last message she heard from her daughter was the word “mom.” She brought clothes, food, and hygiene products to the Belarusian KGB prison in Minsk (the successor of the Soviet Secret Service of the same name), but she was not allowed to meet her. Sapegi was remanded for two months.
Du Dic claimed that her daughter was completely innocent, she was not a human rights activist at all, and she did not even participate in last year’s protests after the election. She believes that the only reason for her arrest was her relationship with Protasevic, who started dating Protasevic six months ago.
Du Dic said: “I am going to ask anyone for help so as not to destroy my child’s life.”
The KGB of Belarus included Protashevich and his colleague Shchiapan Puchila (who initiated the independent media Next on the Telegram channel with him) on the list of “individuals involved in terrorist activities”. NEXTA reporter Tadeusz Gican claimed that members of the Belarusian KGB were on a grounded plane and falsely assured the crew that there was a bomb on the plane.
Michael O’Leary, director of Ryanair, also called the incident a “state-approved kidnapping”. He said that “some KGB agents” were involved in the operation on the plane and got off the plane with the detainees. Simon Covaney, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, also made similar comments.
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