Irena Biernacka

member of the Union of Poles in Belarus, released

Date of birth: 24 March 1966

Date of detention: 25 March 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 130 of the Criminal Code - Incitement to hatred

Date of release: 25 May 2021

Irena Biernacka is head of the Lida branch of the Union of Poles in Belarus.

She was detained on March 25 as part of a criminal case of "rehabilitation of Nazism" (Part 3 of Article 130 of the Criminal Code). Biernacka was brought to Minsk for interrogation by the Investigative Committee and remanded in pre-trial detention center No. 1.

On June 2, 2021, Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy, director the Poland-based Belarusian TV channel Belsat, said that three out of five Poles imprisoned in Belarus, Maria Tiszkowska, Irena Biernacka and Anna Paniszewa, had been deported to Poland, despite having a Belarusian citizenship.

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