Belarus confirms arrest of Ukrainian journo on espionage charges - envoy

20:00, 18 November 2017
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Ukrainian Ambassador to Belarus Ihor Kizim received confirmation about the reasons for the detention of Ukrainian Radio correspondent Pavlo Sharoiko in Minsk - the country’s KGB accuses him of espionage, as reported by 112 Ukraine TV channel.

Pavlo Sharoiko, Facebook

"Immediately, as we were informed about this [Sharoiko’s detention], we sent a note to receive access to the detainee, which we were granted. Our Consul met with Sharoiko to find out the conditions he was being held in whether he has any complaints. Then our Consul met with his wife and lawyer," the ambassador said.

The diplomat also told about his whereabouts - the journalist was placed in the KGB detention center in Minsk.

Read alsoUkraine's Deputy PM: Belarus' friendship assurances hypocritical amid arrests of Ukrainians "After the arrest, the reasons were named - this is a charge of espionage under the Criminal Code of Belarus, and now he is in the KGB remand prison, pending the investigation," he said.

However, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry still has not issued an official comment on the detention of the Ukrainian journalist.

At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has already sent a note to their colleagues from Belarus on Sharoiko’s case. The journalist was detained on October 25. The Consul visited the Ukrainian and communicated with his family. 

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