Reuben Johnson: Government as Hijacker

Broadcast Running Time: 24:00

On Sunday, a plane in route from Greece to Lithuania was diverted to Minsk, Belarus after a bomb threat was called in.  But that’s not the whole story.  Once the plane landed, Belarusian authorities arrested a passenger, an opposition blogger who is critical of the government.  Back with us today to discuss this incident is Ukraine-based defense expert Reuben Johnson.  He reveals that the Belarusian government called in the threat just so they could arrest a “dissident.”  Several members of the international community, including the U.S. and the EU, have condemned what is being referred to as a hijacking.  What are the implications of this incident?  More importantly, will other totalitarian governments see this as a precedent?

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