Russian citizen Irina Wickholm gets 1.5 years in jail for tweet about Lukashenka

On Monday, Maskouski district court of Brest passed a guilty verdict in the case of Russian citizen Irina Wickholm, human rights centre Viasna reports.

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Irina Wickholm was detained and taken into custody in late May. The woman was charged under Part 2 of Art. 367 of the Criminal Code (‘slander against the president’).

The criminal case was initiated on the back of her post on Twitter; the defendant inserted a link to the article by the BBC’s Russian service about the forced landing of the Ryanair plane by the Belarusian authorities and added the headline: ‘Lukashenka’s another crime: an act of state aircraft hijacking’.

Judge Yauhen Brehan has found Iryna Wickholm guilty and sentenced her to 1.5 years of imprisonment in a minimum security penal colony.

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