Belarus journalist appears in new video after claim he is ‘in hospital with heart disease’

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Pro-government TV channels broadcast the footage showing the dissident blogger and journalist seated behind a wooden desk. He is wearing a black hoodie and appears to have a bruise on his forehead. Belarusian authorities relased the clip and claimed the detainee is in good health and being treated in a lawful manner.

CNN reporter Bianna Golodryga sadi: “This has all the hallmarks of a forced confession and I can only imagine how fearful he is.”

Minsk journalist Hanna Liubakove posted a picture of Mr Protasevic on Twitter, saying: “Apparently, Roman was beaten – look at his forehead.”

In the video, he confessed to “plotting riots” in Belarus.

The 26-year-old was arrested and detained by police in Minsk on Sunday after the Ryanair plane he was on was diverted mid-flight and forced into an emergency landing.

The country’s resistance leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya stated she had got info that “he’s in the medical facility with issues with heart”.

Tadeusz Giczan, editor of Nexta TV, the system which Mr Protasevich help, tweeted: “Inning accordance with his mom, Roman Protasevich remains in medical facility in crucial problem – cardiovascular disease.”

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