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European Council Call For Immediate Release Of Roman Protasevich

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26 year-old arrested on Sunday in Minsk

The European Council is calling for the immediate release of an opposition journalist, whose Ryanair flight was hijacked over Belarus on Sunday.

Roman Protasevich was arrested after the plane was forced to divert by fighter jets to Minsk.

Planes from Belarus have been banned from entering EU airspace.

Speaking last night, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says Belarus needs to become democratic:

The journalist has since appeared in a video confessing to crimes - but his father Dzmitry is certain he was forced to do it.

Fellow independent Belarusian journalist Kirill Voloshin agrees - and he has his concerns:

Last night a video showing Mr. Protasevich was released from his jail cell where he says he's cooperating with investigators, and confessed to charges of organising protests.


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