Blogger Roman Protassevich, arrested in Minsk after his plane was hijacked, was beaten and tortured in prison, exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya said on Monday.
A lawyer who visited the political opponent and his partner Sofia Sapega, said he was fine.
But it is improbable, because it is certain that he was tortured, that he was beatenSvetlana Tsikhanovskaya told reporters at a press conference in Tallinn.
Signs of torture
Roman Protassevich and his partner Sofia Sapega were arrested on May 23 after their plane was forced to land in Minsk.
Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya provided no evidence for his claims, although Roman Protassevich’s family also said a video of his detention showed signs of torture.
Belarus denies ill-treatment of detainees.
Other sanctions to come
Russia, an ally of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, said on Monday that it would defend Belarus and support it if the European Union imposed economic sanctions on it.
Several European countries, including France, have imposed access restrictions on Belarusian companies in airports and airspace.
The European Union is also considering additional economic sanctions.