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Crime & Justice 2013-01-17

Salafists jailed for Palais Abdellia violence

Tunisia imposed jail terms on 16 people over violence linked to a controversial art exhibition in La Marsa last June, TAP reported on Thursday (January 17th).

The defendants were convicted of violating the state of emergency, but were acquitted from the more serious charges, which included rebellion, assaulting public officials and attacks on public order by organised gangs, their lawyer Salaheddine Barakati said Wednesday.

The art show at the Palais Abdellia infuriated salafists, sparking three days of riots and ultimately forcing authorities to declare an overnight curfew in several Tunisian cities.

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