Three detained Polish citizens freed in Belarus

Three of four Polish citizens who were detained during protests in Minsk were freed on Thursday, Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz tweeted.

On Wednesday, the Polish embassy in Minsk confirmed that three Polish citizens were being held but on Thursday corrected the figure to four.

On Thursday, PAP was informed by a diplomatic source that the two of the detained Poles were fined for taking part in an illegal gathering and would go free later in the day.

They would then be given consular support if they so wished, the source said. One of the men went to Belarus to visit his girlfriend, the other is a freelance photographer.

"Two men sought by us, Polish citizens, were sentenced in an administrative process to fines to the tune of 600 Belarusian rubles (about PLN 900/EUR 204.6) and 800 Belarusian rubles (ca. PLN 1,200/EUR 272.8)," PAP was told by a consular source, who had been trying to free two Polish citizens since Tuesday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz tweeted later on Thursday that three of the detained Poles had been freed.