At the least six individuals who boarded the Ryanair flight in Athens weren’t on the aircraft when it lastly arrived in Vilnius, Lithuania, the police commissioner of Lithuania stated on Monday.
Among the many six have been the dissident journalist Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega, who have been each detained.
The identities of the opposite 4 individuals who apparently obtained off the aircraft after it was pressured to land in Minsk, Belarus, on Sunday should not publicly identified — and are being investigated by the Lithuanian police.
“What I do know is that six folks didn’t arrive in Vilnius,” Renatas Pozela, Lithuania’s police commissioner common, stated in a phone interview with The New York Occasions.
Additional particulars, he stated, “are being regarded into as a part of the prison investigation.”
The Lithuanian police opened a hijacking and kidnapping investigation into the pressured touchdown of the aircraft, they usually questioned the pilots after they landed in Vilnius on Sunday night, Mr. Pozela stated.
Police investigators are interviewing the passengers this week, he stated.
“The pilots have been the precedence,” Mr. Pozela stated. “We wished to listen to their tales. How did they see the state of affairs? What did they do? Have been there different planes?”
Mr. Pozela stated he was not but approved to reveal any findings of the investigation.