Sharoiko detained by Belarusian KGB – NUJU head

16:20, 17 November 2017
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Ukrainian correspondent of UA: Ukrainian Radio, former UNIAN reporter in Minsk, citizen of Ukraine Pavlo Sharoiko was detained by operatives of the State Security Committee (KGB) of Belarus, according to the head of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) Sergiy Tomilenko.

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"Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sharoiko was detained in Minsk on October 25. On the same day, a search was conducted in the apartment where Pavlo lives with his family, namely his wife Olena and their daughter. The arrest was carried out by the KGB of Belarus. Pavlo has only a state lawyer, i.e. provided by the Belarusian authorities. Nothing is known about the involvement of another lawyer by the Ukrainian Embassy in Belarus. Pavlo communicates with the family via letters. The first came to his wife by mail only after a week and a half," Tomilenko said.

Read alsoBelarus detains UA: Ukrainian Radio correspondent on espionage charges – National TV Company head"NUJU proposes to unite efforts of the National Radio, where Pavlo works as a staff correspondent, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to attract an independent and qualified lawyer. At the same time, the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine continues to demand from the Belarusian authorities the immediate release of our colleague," Tomilenko added.

Read alsoUkraine MFA taking measures to protect Ukrainian journalist detained in BelarusAs UNIAN reported earlier, CEO of the National Television Company of Ukraine Zurab Alasania on Friday reported the correspondent of UA: Ukrainian Radio, citizen of Ukraine Pavlo Sharoiko had been detained in Belarus on suspicion of espionage.

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