Category: Courts & Law

Campaign Aims to Reduce Penalties for Marijuana Use

Campaign Aims to Reduce Penalties for Marijuana Use

| 14 March 2014 | 1 Comment

A newly-established civil society initiative, Al Sajin 52 (Prisoner 52), has petitioned the government to revise penalties for smoking cannabis (better known in Tunisian dialect as Zatla). In an open letter entitled “enough hypocrisy” and addressed to Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa on Thursday, the group called for national discussion about Law 52 of May 18, [...]

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‘Illegal’ Preacher Released From Prison, Charges Pending

‘Illegal’ Preacher Released From Prison, Charges Pending

| 13 March 2014 | 0 Comments

Controversial preacher Khamis El Mejri, arrested Monday for unlicensed religious activities, was released yesterday, but must appear in court again Thursday and next week for hearings. He has been conditionally released after a request from his lawyer, state news agency TAP reported. On Monday, Khamis el Mejri was detained in Bizerte for preaching without a [...]

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Military Court Upholds Fine Against Blogger

Military Court Upholds Fine Against Blogger

| 12 March 2014 | 2 Comments

The Military Appellate Court in the city of Sfax on Tuesday upheld a ruling from last year that fined blogger Hakim Ghanmi for “attributing illegal matters to a public official.” Ghanmi published an article last April on his blog “Waraqat Tounisia” denouncing the treatment of his sister-in-law at the military hospital of Gabes. The blogger’s [...]

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Controversial Sheikh Arrested for ‘Preaching Without a Permit’

Controversial Sheikh Arrested for ‘Preaching Without a Permit’

| 11 March 2014 | 0 Comments

Safa Ben Said, Nissaf Slama, and Afef Abrougui contributed reporting. A conservative Muslim preacher was arrested in Bizerte, north of Tunis, the latest action in a government campaign to exert greater control over mosques. Khamis El Mejri was arrested Monday for “preaching without a permit,” according to Mongi Belaress, spokesperson for the first court of [...]

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Large Amount of Marijuana Seized in Southern Tunisia

Large Amount of Marijuana Seized in Southern Tunisia

| 10 March 2014 | 1 Comment

Hundreds of kilograms of of marijuana were seized by police in the southern Tunisian city of Gabes on Friday, according to the Ministry of Interior. Judicial police and drug enforcement officers raided three houses there, one of of which was owned by an unspecified foreign national, the statement released Saturday said. Five hundred kilograms were [...]

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Tunisia Lifts State of Emergency Three Years After Revolution

Tunisia Lifts State of Emergency Three Years After Revolution

| 06 March 2014 | 1 Comment

Bilel Sfaxi contributed reporting. Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has lifted the state of emergency that has been in effect in the country for 37 months. The state of emergency was originally declared in Tunisia on January 15, 2011, the day after former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fled the country. “Moncef Marzouki, Tunisian president and [...]

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Jabeur Mejri Finally Released from Prison, According to Lawyer

Jabeur Mejri Finally Released from Prison, According to Lawyer

| 04 March 2014 | 1 Comment

Jabeur Mejri, a man who has served nearly two years in prison for posting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook, has been released, according to multiple reports and Mejri’s support committee. The Free Jabeur website announced his release Tuesday evening, and his lawyer Ahmed Mselmi told AFP that his client is “back home.” Jabeur [...]

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Group Leader Arrested for Threatening Police

Group Leader Arrested for Threatening Police

| 27 February 2014 | 2 Comments

Imed Dghij, leader of Men for the Protection of the Revolution in Kram, a group associated with political violence, was arrested late Wednesday in Kram, a suburb of Tunis. Dghij was taken from his home by security forces, according to state news agency TAP. Following his apprehension, 38 protesters were arrested in Kram after blocking [...]

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Judges Strike After Alleged Attack by Lawyers

Judges Strike After Alleged Attack by Lawyers

| 24 February 2014 | 0 Comments

The Union of Tunisian Judges began a general strike by judges in all courts on Monday, February 24 to protest against an alleged attack by a group of lawyers on Friday demanding the release of a colleague accused of fraud. There has been ongoing tension between Tunisian lawyers and judges, specifically concerning how lawyers can [...]

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Jabeur Mejri Remains in Jail, Charged With Stealing Train Tickets in 2011

Jabeur Mejri Remains in Jail, Charged With Stealing Train Tickets in 2011

| 21 February 2014 | 0 Comments

Afef Abrougui contributed reporting. Jabeur Mejri, recently pardoned for uploading cartoons deemed insulting to Islam, will remain in jail on charges he stole 1,600 dinars ($1,010 U.S.) worth of tickets while working for the Tunisian national railway company. The charges date back to 2011, and carry a potential ten-year sentence, his lawyer Ahmed Mselmi told Tunisia [...]

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