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Tunisian court sentences journalist, lawmaker to prison: Lawyer

Tunisian riot police officers on 28 March 2020. [Yassine Gaidi - Anadolu Agency]
Tunisian police officers on 28 March 2020 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

A Tunisian military court, on Friday, ruled to sentence journalist, Amer Ayyad, and lawmaker, Abdul Latif Al-Alawi to prison, said the defendants' lawyer, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Ayyad will serve four months in prison while Al-Alawi was slapped with a three-month prison term, lawyer Samir Dilou said on Facebook, without clarifying the charges placed against the two.

Tunisian authorities are yet to comment on the ruling.

The judgment is preliminary and subject to appeal.

Ayyad was released on 25 November last year by the Tunisian authorities after having being detained for seven weeks on charges of conspiring to change the structure of the State.

Meanwhile, the military court in Tunis ordered, on 3 October last year, the arrest of Al-Alawi, a lawmaker of the Dignity Coalition, for participating in a TV program hosted by Ayyad.

Tunisia has been in the throes of a deep political crisis since 25 July, 2021 when President Kais Saied dismissed the government, suspended parliament, and assumed executive authority, in a move decried by opponents as a "coup".

Last week, the President dissolved the suspended parliament, hours after lawmakers held a plenary session to revoke his measures taken since 25 July.

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