The father of dissident journalist Roman Protasevich, who was detained in Belarus after his plane was forced to land there, said he believes his son was forced in a video posted online to admit guilt and appeared to have a broken nose.
In very early hours of Monday (Indian time), Belarus and Lukashenko were on the receiving end with global leaders and diplomats like EU's Ursula von der Leyen, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and others expressing outrage.
"The secretary-general supports calls for a full, transparent and independent investigation into this disturbing incident and urges all relevant actors to cooperate with such an inquiry", he added.
Raman Pratasevich is a prominent critic of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.
"He urges the Belarusian authorities to fully respect all its worldwide human rights obligations, including in relation to the freedoms of expression, assembly and association".More news: At least eight dead in Italian cable vehicle accident
The UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has suspended all foreign permits held by Belarusian carriers, including state-owned airline Belavia, following the fallout from Sunday's controversial incident which provoked widespread global condemnation.
Flight radar showed planes taking circuitous routes Tuesday to avoid flying over the country.
Lithuania, she said, wants "to have a coordinated European decision" on the airspace issue. Pratasevich fled the country in 2019 and had been living in Lithuania. Western leaders have accused Belarusian authorities of essentially hijacking a European plane, while Minsk claimed it had reacted to secure the flight after receiving a bomb threat.
Belarus's heavy-handed ruler since 1994, Lukashenko has waged a campaign of violence and repression against his opponents for almost a year. More than 34,000 people have been arrested in Belarus since then, and thousands beaten.More news: Video shows Ronald Greene ordered facedown in deadly Louisiana arrest
Mass demonstrations calling for Lukashenko's ouster followed.
Appearing on several channels of the Telegram messaging app, Protasevich, wearing a dark sweatshirt and with his hands tightly clasped in front of him, says he is in a pre-trial detention facility in Minsk and denies having heart problems reported by some on social media. That made Protasevich's Nexta and Nexta Live channels on Telegram, which accumulated almost 2 million subscribers, as a main source for where, when and how to protest.
The EU and the United States imposed several rounds of financial sanctions against Minsk previous year, which had no effect on the behaviour of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, who withstood mass demonstrations against his rule after a disputed election. Protasevich and Putilo were the only Belarusian citizens on the list at the time.
He said he did not witness Pratasevich and his girlfriend being arrested as he had moved along the line when the incident occured.More news: Pfizer and AstraZeneca 'highly effective' against India Covid variant