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2012-04-20

'Persepolis' trial verdict due in May

The "Persepolis" trial verdict will be issued on May 3rd, a Tunis court announced on Thursday (April 19th).

"If you convict Nabil Karoui, you have to convict the history of Tunisia...the whole progressive part of Tunisian society,” Tunisia Live quoted defence lawyer Chokri Belaid as saying at the Thursday hearing.

On the other hand, the discourse of the prosecutors was predominantly religious. They cited verses from the Qur'an to justify the case and even called for a death penalty under Article 72 of the Penal Code, TAP reported.

Nabil Karoui, the head of private Tunisian television channel Nessma TV, is charged with "undermining sacred values" for airing the controversial Franco-Iranian animated film last October.

The film on Iran's 1979 revolution offended many Muslims because of a scene showing a representation of God.

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