Belarus asking Thailand to release of bail pilot of arrested jet

MINSK, December 18 (Itar-Tass) - Belarussian authorities have sent a note to the Thai government asking it to release on bail a Belarussian citizen who was a crewmember ast the Ilyushin-76 cargo jet arrested by the Thai military, the deputy chief of the Foreign Ministry's press service, Maria Vanshina said Thursday.

She said that the Belarussian diplomatic mission in Hanoi keeps the situation under control and maintains permanent contacts with Kazakhstani diplomats accredited in Bangkok .

"Lawyers met with members of the Ilyushin-76's crew today /Thursday/," she said. "The pilots feel well and don't have any claims against the conditions they are kept in or meals."

The jet was arrested at Bangkok airport December 12. It had a consignment of weaponry aboard.

The five-strong crew included one Belarussian and four citizens of Kazakhstan.


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