MINSK, February 3. /TASS/. Roman Protasevich, one of the founders of the NEXTA Telegram channel, which Belarusian authorities recognize as an extremist organization, said he was preparing a lawsuit against the airline Ryanair.
“I will not divulge all the details at this time, but I plan to file a complaint against Ryanair and I also encourage all passengers who were on board this flight to file a similar complaint,” he said Thursday. in a video message posted on YouTube.
According to the blogger, a team of lawyers is working on the lawsuit, and as soon as everything is ready, he will announce it. “I hope that my statement will be considered separately by the members of the ICAO council. [International Civil Aviation Organization] also. I am ready to provide documented proof of everything I say. The same evidence is ready to be provided by the official bodies of the Republic of Belarus,” Protasevich said.
On May 23, 2021, a Ryanair flight to Vilnius which took off from Athens was forced to make an emergency landing in the Belarusian capital of Minsk after a reported bomb threat. A Mikoyan MiG-29 jet was dispatched to escort the aircraft. The bomb threat remained blank after the plane landed.
News later emerged that Roman Protasevich, wanted in Belarus as a co-founder of the NEXTA Telegram channel, which Belarusian authorities recognize as an extremist organization, was among the passengers on the flight. He was arrested by Belarusian law enforcement officers along with Russian national Sofia Sapega. Following the incident, the European Union banned Belarusian airlines from operating flights to EU airports or using European Union airspace, and recommended that air carriers Europeans to avoid Belarusian airspace.