Journalist in hospital, editor tweets
There’s been no word about opposition journalist Roman Protasevich after he was taken off the Ryanair flight by Belarusian police. Witnesses said the activist was “super-scared” when he was detained, and told fellow passengers he would face the death penalty.
Now the editor of Nexta, the media outlet Mr Protasevich used to work for, has tweeted that “according to his mother, Roman Protasevich is in hospital in critical condition – heart disease”.
The BBC has not verified this information. It is unknown if the 26-year-old previously suffered from heart problems.
On Friday, Belarusian political activist Vitold Ashurak reportedly died in prison of heart failure. The 50-year-old was jailed after taking part in demonstrations against President Lukashenko’s disputed re-election in 2020. His wife reportedly said he had no history of heart problems.