Please give thanks to his daughter the leader of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko the father of the woman arrested along with dissident journalist Protasevic in Belarus after the forced landing of a Ryanair aircraft.
Sofia Sapega, a 23-year-old student, was arrested on May 23rd along with her boyfriend, blogger Roman Protasevic., when the plane they were on was forced to land in Belarus. The incident angered the West.
Belarus has released a video of Protashevich, who became famous during mass protests last summer, in which he confessed to plotting to overthrow Mr Lukashenko. The opposition says it is clear that the confession was extracted with the threat of violence.
Sapega, a Russian citizen, is being held in a Belarusian KGB detention center in Minsk and is accused of inciting political unrest. He risks being sentenced to many years in prison.
Her father, Andrei Sapega, 53, appealed to Lukashenko “as a father to father” in a video posted today. The Russian news agency PrimaMedia reported that it had recorded the appeal at its offices in Vladivostok, in the Russian Far East.
“Alexander Grigorievich, I beg your pardon. Enough with the cruelty, the world is overflowing with cruelty lately. “Every reasonable person understands that Sophia was in the wrong place and with the wrong person,” he said, according to the Athens News Agency.
Andrei Sapega has said he wants to meet with Mr Lukashenko to ensure that his daughter will not be involved in anything that Belarus considers illegal.
“. Maybe I can persuade (Lukashenko) to give grace to my daughter. “Do not ruin her life, she is just a little girl who is just starting her life,” he said.