On June 25, it became known that Roman Protasevich and Sofya Sapega are no longer in the Belarusian jail. The Investigative Committee explained that they released under house arrest, after they entered into a pre-trial agreement, they promised to fully cooperate and regularly give confessions.
From a cell in a pre-trial detention center – to an ordinary apartment. For obvious reasons, the exact addresses are not known, but there is information that Sofya Sapega and Roman Protasevich are in Minsk, living in rented apartments, separately. But they were even seen together – right here, on the Svisloch embankment in the very center of the city.
There are three photos in total. It looks like an ordinary couple, a walk without guards. Sophia in a mask, Roman in glasses and a cap. One of the pictures shows reporters with two TV cameras: Sapega and Protasevich, holding hands, giving them interviews. But not a single TV channel has shown it yet.
For their families, this walk, as well as the news of the mitigation of the preventive measure, came as a surprise. Sophia herself called her parents, and they were even allowed to meet.
“We were really happy, it was crazy just to see her. She cheered up, she feels completely differently, and physically she is normal, everything is fine with her health,” Sophia Sapega’s stepfather Sergey Dudich said.
Where exactly they communicated is not known for certain. As Sapieha’s stepfather said, “in one of the restaurants on the outskirts in a narrow family circle.” Whether Protasevich was part of it, Dudich did not specify. There were no time limits or any others.
“She can use a mobile phone only with the permission of the investigator, she does not use the Internet, she does not have a bracelet. She confesses, cooperates with the investigationin order to investigate the case as quickly as possible and decide its fate as quickly as possible, “said Sophia Sapega’s lawyer Anton Gashinsky.
The Investigative Committee of the Republic not only officially confirmed, but also explained: the mitigation of the preventive measure became possible after the conclusion of a pre-trial agreement.
Sophia and Roman pledged to fully cooperate with the investigation. Protasevich has publicly repented more than once.
“I understand what damage I have caused not even to the state, but to the country. And now I am ready to do everything to correct this situation,” he said at a press conference on June 14.
At the same press conference, Protasevich stated that he felt the safest in a cell, and at large he would ask for state protection. And he is afraid of his own. The Russian Embassy is constantly in touch with Sophia’s family, the staff visited her twice in the pre-trial detention center and have already requested permission to meet in the new conditions in order to confirm that the Russian woman has no complaints.
“Now the question of the possibility of an early visit by our consular officers is being decided. We are in close cooperation with the Belarusian side, in particular with the Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee, as well as in close contact with the lawyers of the Russian woman and her parents,” the acting head of the consular office informed. Department of the Russian Embassy in Belarus Olga Torshina.
At the same time, charges were not dropped from both defendants. Investigative actions continue.
Source: Вести.Ru by www.vesti.ru.
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