“I have just signed all the documents that will grant me pardon. This is great news,” Protasevich said BelTA told reporters.
It is unclear whether Protasevich actually and voluntarily said this. Press freedom in Belarus is under severe pressure. President Alexander Lukashenko is cracking down on media that do not follow his government’s line.
Protasevich was taken off a plane in May 2021 after the plane was forced to land in Minsk by Belarus. In early May, he was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in major demonstrations in 2020.
He was also found guilty of terrorism, sedition, insulting Lukashenko and spreading fake news.
Source: NU by www.nu.nl.
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