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Pratasevich to sue Ryanair

04.02.2022, 09:58
Screenshot ffrom the Youtube video made by "Systematic legal defense" of Dmytry Belyakov
Screenshot ffrom the Youtube video made by "Systematic legal defense" of Dmytry Belyakov

Roman Protasevich said he intended to sue Ryanair airline company. Former editor-in-chief of the Nexta telegram channel who had been detained, as his plane was forced to land in Minsk.  Pratasevich told this during a stream on February 3, Nastoyaschee Vremya reported.

He called on all passengers on the Athens-Vilnius flight to follow his example. Protasevich did not specify the essence of the lawsuit.

"There will not be many details now, because a team of lawyers is currently working on the lawsuit. But as soon as everything is ready, I will definitely tell about it, " Pratasevych said.

He said he hoped the ICAO board would consider the statement, as it would be backed up by some "irrefutable evidence".

"And the official authorities of the Republic of Belarus are ready to provide the same evidence," Pratasevich assured.

According to him, Ryanair has become "a tool in political disputes between the Belarusian opposition and the state, has become a tool for pressure."

As IMI reported, Roman Protasevych, the former editor-in-chief of the Nexta telegram channel, called himself an "ideological fool" and believes that there was no alternative leader to Aleksander Lukashenko in Belarus.

In January 2022, Roman Pratasevich announced that he had been released from house arrest

As IMI reported, Roman Pratasevych was detained on May 23. He was a passenger on the Athens-Vilnius flight, which made a forced land in Minsk due to a report of a bomb threat on board. After the inspection, Belarusian police arrested him. Ryanair has received instructions from Belarusian air traffic controllers to land the plane in Minsk. By order of the president Lukashenko, a MiG-29 military fighter was lifted into the sky to escort the plane.

Together with Protasevich, security forces detained his girlfriend Sofia Sapega.

As IMI reported, the State Security Committee of Belarus entered the founders of the NEXTA Telegram Channel to the list of persons involved in terrorist activities, along with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s leaders and other international terrorists.

An updated version of the List of organizations and individuals involved in terrorist activities has been published on the website of the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus

As IMI reported, on November 16, Belarus sent a note to the Polish side demanding immediate extradition of Stepan Putyl and Roman Protasevich. 

On November 5, the Investigative Committee of Belarus accused Stepan Putylo and Roman Protasevich of organizing mass riots in Belarus. 

On October 20, the Tsentralny District Court of Minsk found the Nexta Live telegram channel and the Nexta logo to be extremist. 

The telegram channel Nexta Live, which covers the protests in Belarus  has been renamed as "HEXTA-Live", after a Minsk court recognized his logo as "extremist stuff."

On August 14, it became known that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus had opened proceedings against the founder of the opposition telegram channels Nekhta and Nekhta Live, Stepan Putylo and declared him wanted. He faces up to 15 years in prison. Putyla is accused of organizing mass riots.

In August, Russia's Interior Ministry put Stepan Putilo, the founder of the Nexta Telegram channel on a wanted list.

The telegram channel Nexta Live, despite the shutdown of the Internet, became the main source of information about the protests in Belarus.

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