20 July 2012 12:00 am | | 0


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Manoubia Bouazizi, whose son Mohamed Bouazizi lit himself on fire and helped fuel an uprising in Tunisia that reverberated throughout the region, was sentenced today by the first instance court of Sidi Bouzid to four months on probation.

Bouazizi was arrested on July 13 for verbally assaulting one of the judges at the Sidi Bouzid courthouse.

She allegedly went to the courthouse to get documents needed to receive compensation given by the government to parents of martyrs of the revolution, and she ended up engaging  in a verbal altercation with a judge in the court’s hallway.

Following her arrest, Bouazizi was detained for a week in a civil prison for women in Gafsa.In court today, Bouazizi admitted to her crime and expressed regret for her behavior.

According to TAP, Bouazizi’s defense lawyers – counting on the defendant’s clean record – had asked for a lower sentence after the judge in question dropped the charges against her.

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