Sofia Sapega, the girlfriend of Roman Pratasevich, the founder of NEXTA Telegram channel has been arrested for two months. Her lawyer said so in a commentary for another Telegram channel.
Sofia was also detained in Minsk, when law enforcers halted Pratasevich after the forced landing of Ryanair airplane.
According to the lawyer, Sapega was interrogated on Tuesday; the law enforcers suspect that she had committed a crime; details are not disclosed yet.
As it was reported earlier, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk. The plane with Roman Protasevich on board flew from Athens to Vilnius. Suddenly, the plane gave a distress signal, changed course and made an emergency landing at the Minsk National Airport. The emergency landing was caused by a mining signal.
Later, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen called for swift sanctions after Belarus’s authoritarian ruler forced a Ryanair plane to land in Minsk and detained a prominent opposition journalist.
The US and a number of European countries urged to suspend flights over Belarus.