The girlfriend of an Belarusian opposition journalist has been sentenced to six years in prison

Raman Pratasevich, a girlfriend of former editor-in-chief of NEXTA, the popular and extreme Telegram channel, has been sentenced to six years in prison on Friday for inciting social hatred. CNN.

The party was detained last year when Belarusian authorities forced a Ryanair to fly from Minsk to Vilnius using a fighter jet. A spokesman for the company said the Belarusian authorities had notified the crew of the plane of a possible terrorist attack and indicated that there was a possible hell plane on board.

They campaigned in exile

Pratasevich was one of dozens of Belarusian journalists and activists campaigning in exile against the 27-year rule of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Lukaseka, considered the last dictator in Europe, has been condemned worldwide for arresting the plane and arresting the couple.

Subsequently, the European Union imposed sanctions on Belarus. In June, Pratasevich appeared at a home affairs press conference where he was likely to make a statement under duress. Among other things, he said no one forced him to cooperate with the investigating authorities, he had a personal choice, and he was aware of how much damage I had done to the state.

(Cover image: Sophia Sapega at the court hearing in Grodno, Belarus, on May 6, 2022. Photo: Leonid Scheglov / BelTA / Reuters)

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