Tunisia: ‘Trial of three Femen activists adjourned’

Tunis, 5 June (AKI) - The trial of three feminists from the Ukrainian group Femen who held a topless protest in Tunis has been adjourned pending a request for their release, according to local media reports.


The trio, a German and two French women appeared briefly in a Tunis court wearing face-veils (which mandatory for female defendants in the Muslim country) before the hearing was adjourned.

The court was later on Wednesday reportedly due to rule on a request from the women's lawyer for their immediate release from custody.

They are being held in Manouba jail on charges of offending public decency after their protest last week outside the justice ministry in the Tunisian capital.

If convicted, the activists face up to a year in prison.

The women were arrested on 29 of May after they bared their breasts outside the justice ministry in Tunis in support of detained Tunisian feminist Amina Tyler, whose real name is Amina Sboui.

Sboui was on Wednesday due to be interrogated by an investigative judge in the southern city of Kerouan for 'desecrating a cemetery and carrying self-defence spray' there on 19 May.

Sboui came to national and international attention and had to go into hiding after receiving death threats when she posted a photo of herself bare-chested on Facebook in March in a Femen-inspired protest.

Via: adnkronos.com


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The mission of the "FEMEN" movement is to create the most favourable conditions for the young women to join up into a social group with the general idea of the mutual support and social responsibility, helping to reveal the talents of each member of the movement.

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