The bomb threat Belarus cited to hijack the Ryanair plane was sent 24 minutes after pilots were first informed of its existence, according to the report.

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The bomb threat Belarus cited to hijack the Ryanair plane was sent 24 minutes after pilots were first informed of its existence, according to the report.


    Dimanche, la Biélorussie a intercepté un vol de Ryanair reliant la Grèce à la Lituanie et a arrêté un dissident à bord.
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    <ul class="summary-list"><li>La Biélorussie a détourné un vol de Ryanair dimanche et arrêté un dissident au franc-parler qui se trouvait à bord.</li>
  • Belarus claimed to have received a bomb threat by email from Hamas and informed the pilots.
  • But the email was sent 24 minutes after Belarus alerted pilots to the suspected threat, according to The Daily Beast.
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  • The alleged bomb threat Belarus used to justify hijacking a plane to arrest a journalist was sent 24 minutes after Minsk first alerted pilots, The Daily Beast reported.

    On Sunday, Ryanair flight 4978 from Athens, Greece to Vilnius, Lithuania was forced to land in Minsk. When it landed, Belarusian authorities boarded the plane and arrested dissident Roman Protasevich, who was on board.

    Protasevich is one of the most vocal critics of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and is accused of terrorism and inciting anti-government riots.

    Belarus said Monday it hijacked the plane due to a bomb threat from the Hamas militant group.

    Belarusian police detain Roman Protasevich in Minsk, Belarus, March 26, 2017.
    Photo AP / Sergei Grits

    The Daily Beast reported on Wednesday that the bomb threat, which came by email, was received by the general information account at Minsk National Airport on Sunday at 12:57 p.m. ET.

    But the plane was first alerted to the threat at 12:33 p.m., the outlet said 24 minutes earlier.

    According to The Daily Beast, the email – which had the subject line “Allahu Akbar” (in Arabic for “God is great”) – read:

    “We Hamas soldiers demand that Israel stop firing in the Gaza Strip. We demand that the European Union abandon its support for Israel in this war. We know that participants at the Delphi Economic Forum are returning home on May 23 via flight FR4978. a bomb was planted on this plane. If you don’t meet our demands, the bomb will explode on May 23 over Vilnius. ”

    The Daily Beast noted that there is another inconsistency as a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas had already been agreed two days before the email was sent.

    Hamas has denied any involvement in the Ryanair interception.

    Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary told Irish radio show ‘Newstalk Breakfast’ on Monday that the incident was ‘a case of state hijacking’ in which ‘the authorities’ intention was to fire a journalist “.

    The hijacking has been widely denounced by senior officials in the US, UK and the EU. Only Russia stands alongside Belarus, which has led some experts to suggest that Moscow – on which Belarus relies heavily for its support – was either involved or in favor of the hijacking.

    Russia denies any involvement.

    Protasevich remains in detention and on Monday the Belarusian government released a video in which he confessed to planning protests in Minsk.

    However, his father, Dzmitri Protasevich, told Sky News that the confession seemed forced and his nose appeared to be broken.

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