The footage of Raman Pratsevich was part of a TV program aired on the state-controlled ONT channel on Wednesday night. The show also shows 26-year-old Pratsevich saying that he has been framed by an unknown accomplice.
The broadcaster of the ONT channel, however, claimed that Belarusian authorities were not aware that Pratsevich was on board a Ryan Air plane that was flying from Greece to Vilnius when the aircraft controller reported it to be a bomb on 23 May in Minsk. I was dropped in.
No bomb was found on the plane but Pratsevich was arrested along with his Russian girlfriend.
The European Union was angered by the plane’s diversion and banned all Belarusian aircraft from passing through its airspace.
In addition, the European Union advised its planes not to use Belarus’s airspace and is preparing to impose new sanctions affecting Belarus’s economy.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who held the command of the former Soviet nation of 93 million for nearly 25 years, very tightly, accused the West of trying to stifle his country with sanctions.
Pratsevich left Belarus in 2019 and became an enemy of Lukashenko. This was Pratsevich’s second footage broadcast on national television. Pratsevich, who appeared on TV for the first time, was heard admitting to having a hand in the widespread mismatches in the footage.
Her parents who live in Poland, however, said that her confession appeared to have been forced and that her makeup appeared to have been done to hide facial injuries.
A top aide to Pratsevich said the journalist was clearly speaking under pressure in the newly released video.
The journalist said that he had discussed his travel plan with a colleague in a chat (digital communication) about 40 minutes before his departure. He alleged that the bomb may have been reported by someone who would have a personal dispute with him, though he did not divulge further details.
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