Harsher Sentence Sought for Tunisian Feminist

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - A lawyer says a prosecutor has appealed a sentence that a court gave to a Tunisian feminist for possessing pepper spray as not harsh enough.

Amina Sboui is a member of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen.

Known by her pseudonym Amina Tyler, she shocked Tunisia by protesting the treatment of women by posting topless photos of herself on Internet.

In May, she was arrested in the central city of Kairouan while planning another protest. She was convicted of carrying pepper spray and fined about $180 under an 1894 law against carrying "burning objects."

Defense lawyer Mokhtar Jannene said Monday that a prosecutor is demanding the maximum sentence of six months.

Sboui remains in prison while the court also considers other charges against her.


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