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eight months is that a Ryanair machine was forced to land on board with the Blogger Roman Protascevich on board in Minsk. Now four Belarusian government officials in the US are charged.

Die Ryanair-Maschine war unter Verweis auf eine Bombendrohung zur Landung gezwungen worden (Archiv) © Mindaugas Kulbis / AP Photo / Picture Alliance The Ryanair machine was forced to a bomb threat for landing (archive)

The New York prosecutor's office shared with, the accused became the result of the redirection of Ryanair flight 4978 in the past May "conspiracy for air piracy" accused, whereupon as a maximum of lifelong detention. The aim of the act was the arrest of the Belarusian Government Critic's Pratassevich. The US would work with foreign partners to bring the defendants to court.

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defendants are in Belarus

if that succeeds, however, is questionable. The accused continues to consider in Belarus. According to the US judiciary, it is the Director-General of the State Companies Belaeronavigatsia responsible for air security, its deputy as well as two employees of Belarussian security services.

The authorities in Belarus forced a Ryanair passenger machine on the way from Athens to Vilnius in May last year with a fighting jet for intermediate landing in Minsk. The forced landing was justified with a bomb threat. This fenced bomb threat is also based on the conviction of the New York prosecutor's office on the defendants.

After the forced landing, the EU, Great Britain and the US imposed sanctions against the former Soviet Republic. The Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko showed itself unimpressed.

Among the more than 100 passengers on board were the Blogger Roman Protasksevich, co-founder of the opposition telegram channel Nexta, and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega. Both were arrested after landing. According to Amnesty International, Prassewisch has been a unknown location in the house arrest since June 25th, on the Wikipedia page about the blogger stands for himself in Minsk in the house arrest.

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