Last Friday, Sofia Sapiega was summoned to the Belarusian Investigative Committee for investigation. From October 20 until that moment, she was under house arrest in the Belarusian city of Lida, in her parents’ apartment where she is registered. The parents were forced to leave the apartment. They have not had contact with their daughter since mid-October, the BBC television reported on Telegram.
Sapiega was accused of administering a telegram channel called the Black Book of Belarus, the authors of which are considered extremists in that country. It is a channel that publishes personal data of security officers. On May 25, Belarusian state television showed a recording of Sapiega admitting to editing entries on the channel.
BBC: Sofia Sapiega is in a very bad mental state
According to BBC sources, the woman “is in a serious mental state, she is depressed and confused, she has trouble sleeping.” – Only after the court verdict will it be possible to apply for her extradition to Russia. The president of Belarus may also pardon her, said lawyer Anton Gaszynski, who represents the family of Roman Protasewicz’s partner.
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“From the words of the consul and lawyer, I can say about her condition – she is mentally crushed by the accusation brought against her. She did not expect a similar accusation, it was a blow for her. At least six years is a disaster for us,” Sapiega’s stepfather, Sergei Dudicz, said. in an interview with “Echo of Moscow” “There was a hope that there would be no trial, only extradition to Russia. But apparently something went wrong, “he added.
Sofia Sapiega and Roman Protasewicz, former editor-in-chief of the NEXTA Telegram channel, were detained after Belarusian authorities ordered the crew of a plane flying from Athens to Vilnius to land in Minsk. Initially, the Russian woman was suspected of “organizing mass riots”, for which she was facing up to 15 years in prison. In June, Sapiega and Protasewicz were transferred from the detention center in Minsk to house arrest. At the same time, Sapega met her parents at least twice. According to the media, the last meeting took place in August, until mid-October she spoke to them regularly on the phone. In September, the woman’s detention was extended until December 25, as her mother, Anna Dudicz, informed the BBC. BBC sources do not know where Roman Protasewicz is currently staying.