Arrested Belarusian blogger from Ryanair plane is held in a jail -ministry

Opposition blogger and activist Roman Protasevich attends a court hearing in Minsk

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Belarusian blogger, Roman Protasevich, who was detained when the Ryanair plane from Athens to Vilnius was forced to land in Minsk on Sunday, is being held in a jail, the interior ministry said on Monday.

It added he has not complained of ill health.

Minsk scrambled a warplane to escort the Ryanair flight on Sunday, flagging a bomb alert that proved false once the plane had made an unscheduled landing in Belarus where authorities arrested Protasevich, a journalist critical of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Chris Reese)

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