Espionage? Tunisia reports arrest of Belarusians possessing passports of other countries

Тunisian police, illustrative photo, Zoubeir Souissi / Forum / Reuters

On July 1, news agency Tunis Afrique Presse reported the arrest of two Belarusians; they are suspected of spying.

According to the Tunisian radio Mosaique, the men arrived in Sfax, the second largest city in the country, checked in a hotel and refused to let anyone, including maids, into the room.

After that, the hotel administration informed the security services which kept the guests under observancy. Two weeks later, they got a permission to enter and search the room.

Interestingly, the Tunisians found the passports of Ukraine, Poland and Maldives, as well as computers, mobile phones, SIM cards and other electronic equipment.

The equipment and the passports were seized, Mourad Turki, a press officer of the court in Sfax, told reporters. The Prosecutor’s Office issued an arrest warrant against the foreigners.

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry is dealing with the situation, RFE/RL reports.

When reached by Belsat TV, MFA spokesman Anatol Glaz declined comment on the case.