Ema Stsepulionak

school teacher

Former prisoner

Date of birth: 7 November 1953

Date of detention: 29 September 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Prison sentence start date: 17 November 2022

Date of release: 2 May 2023

Judge: Iryna Yaskevich

Ema Stsepulionak was detained on September 29, 2021, for comments on social networks in the Zeltser case and charged with ‘incitement to hatred’ and ‘insult to a government official’ under Articles 130 and 369 of the Criminal Code. During her imprisonment, the woman's health and eyesight deteriorated.

In mid-September 2022 the measure of restraint was changed to house arrest.

On November 10, 2022 the trial began in the Miory District Court behind the closed doors. On 17 November 2022, she was sentenced to two years of imprisonment and put under arrest in the courtroom.

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