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2008-02-21

Tunisian court upholds death penalty for convicted terrorist

The Tunis court of appeals upheld one of two death sentences Wednesday (February 20th) in the "Salafi group case". Saber Ragoubi, one of 30 men arrested and sentenced on charges of involvement in terrorist acts, would reportedly be the first person to be executed in Tunisia since 2000. Ragoubi was convicted of participating in a terrorist operation in Tunis in December 2006 that left 14 Islamists and two security personnel dead.

The death sentence of Imed ben Ameur, who was also convicted on terror charges, was commuted to life imprisonment. The life sentences of Oussama El Abadi and Mohamed Beltifa were converted to 30 and 20 years in prison, respectively. The sentences of the other detainees remained unchanged.

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