Afef Abrougui
Last updated: 15 September, 2013

Tunisians gather behind Jabeur Mejri (PICTURES)

On 13 September, dozens of protesters gathered at Human Rights Square in Tunis, in support of Jabeur Mejri.

Last year a primary court sentenced Mejri along with his friend Ghazi Beji to seven and half years in prison over the publication of content deemed offensive to Islam. They were found guilty of “publishing material liable to cause harm to public order or good morals”, “insulting others through public communication networks” and “assaulting public morals.”

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Beji was convicted in absentia after he fled the country to avoid prosecution. He has recently obtained political asylum in France. However, Mejri remains in prison after losing appeal at Tunisia’s Supreme Court. He was also denied a presidential pardon issued on the occasion of Eid.

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