Belarus Hijacks Plane to Seize Journalist

A Ryanair plane headed from Greece to Lithuania was diverted to Belarus, where a dissident journalist who had been aboard was then seized.

    2021/05/25

NSFW    MINSK, BELARUS — A Ryanair plane headed from Greece to Lithuania was diverted to Belarus on Sunday, where a dissident journalist who had been aboard was then seized, according to The New York Times.

The passenger plane was escorted to land in Belarusian capital Minsk by a MiG-29 fighter jet.

The New York Times reports a statement from Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who won an election widely regarded as rigged last year, says he personally gave the order for the diversion due a bomb threat on the plane.

However, no bombs were found, and Roman Protasevich, former editor of pro-opposition media group Nexta, was detained before the plane was allowed to resume its flight, according to the BBC.
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