Sofia Sapega

Belarus Ryanair plane arrest student Sofia Sapega jailed for six years

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Here are the Latest Updates about Belarus: Ryanair plane arrest student Sofia Sapega. A Belarusian court sentenced a Russian student to six years in prison, one year after she and her dissident journalist companion were detained and jailed on a Ryanair flight.

Sofia Sapega and Roman Protasevich were on their way to Lithuania when their aeroplane was forced to land in Minsk.

The case prompted widespread outrage and new sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko’s government. She was found guilty of fostering societal animosity and dissension by the court.

She was also found guilty of illegally gathering and disseminating information about an anonymous person’s private life without his permission.

Belarusian Officials had already accused Sofia Sapega of Planning Disturbance.

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Mr. Protasevich was the editor of the Next Telegram channel in Poland, which broadcast recordings and information from the wave of massive public protests against President Lukashenko that began in the summer of 2020.

When the plane’s 126 passengers disembarked in Minsk, opposition journalist Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega were seized.

The fury was sparked by Mr. Lukashenko’s election to a sixth term in government in a manipulated presidential election, according to the opposition.

Mr. Lukashenko maintained the election was rigged and retaliated against the opposition, whose leaders were imprisoned or forced to flee the country.

Mr. Protasevich had only known Ms. Sofia Sapega for around six months before he quit Belarus in 2019. He has yet to stand trial, and the status of the inquiry into him is unknown.

However, the decision to announce a bomb threat on board his aircraft across Europe in May 2021 stunned the world. After a Mig fighter jet forced the plane to reverse course and land in Minsk, Western countries accused Belarus of hijacking it.

The fury was sparked by Mr. Lukashenko’s election to a sixth term in government in a manipulated presidential election, according to the opposition. Mr. Lukashenko maintained the election was rigged and retaliated against the opposition, whose leaders were imprisoned or forced to flee the country.

Mr. Protasevich had departed Belarus in 2019 and had only known Ms. Sofia Sapega for around six months when they were apprehended. He has yet to stand trial, and the status of the inquiry into him is unknown.

“Belarus’ “most wanted” list included the opposition activist.” However, the decision to announce a bomb threat on board his aircraft across Europe in May 2021 stunned the world.

Ms. Sapega had accompanied Mr. Protesavich to an economic forum in Athens in mid-May, prior to their detention.

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