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Tunisia: Femen 'sextremists' set free by Tunis court

Tunisia, Tunis
June 26, 2013 at 23:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Tunisia: Femen 'sextremists' set free by Tunis court

Three Femen 'sextremist' protestors, imprisoned since their topless protest in May, had their sentences suspended by a court in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on Wednesday. The two French activists, Pauline Hillier and Marguerite Stern, alongside German Josephine Markmann, will be freed and able to leave Tunisia shortly, according to their lawyer Bahri Souhaib.

The three activists were transferred from the La Manouba prison, where they served the majority of their sentence, to a secure Interior Ministry facility under the guard of border police. Accompanied by representatives of the French embassy and the French consul, the women were then secretly loaded into a truck bound for Tunis-Carthage airport, where they were due to board a flight to Paris.

The women were sentenced to four months and a day in prison for offending public decency and threatening public order during a May 29 demonstration outside the Justice Ministry in Tunis. They were protesting against the jailing of Amina Sboui, a Tunisian Femen member.

Also known by the pseudonym Amina Tyler, Sboui had posted a photo of herself in February with the slogan "Fuck Your Morals" painted over her bare breasts on Facebook. She later painted 'FEMEN' on a cemetery wall in Kairouan, an important religious and cultural centre. She is facing several charges, including indecency, carrying pepper spray and desecrating a cemetery.

Femen was founded in 2008 in the Ukraine. The protest in Tunis for which the women were arrested was the first time the group held an action in a Muslim country. Femen's opposition to Islam has intensified over the last few months. They have waged what they have called a "topless jihad" against the organised religion.

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Tunisia: Femen 'sextremists' set free by Tunis court

Three Femen 'sextremist' protestors, imprisoned since their topless protest in May, had their sentences suspended by a court in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on Wednesday. The two French activists, Pauline Hillier and Marguerite Stern, alongside German Josephine Markmann, will be freed and able to leave Tunisia shortly, according to their lawyer Bahri Souhaib.

The three activists were transferred from the La Manouba prison, where they served the majority of their sentence, to a secure Interior Ministry facility under the guard of border police. Accompanied by representatives of the French embassy and the French consul, the women were then secretly loaded into a truck bound for Tunis-Carthage airport, where they were due to board a flight to Paris.

The women were sentenced to four months and a day in prison for offending public decency and threatening public order during a May 29 demonstration outside the Justice Ministry in Tunis. They were protesting against the jailing of Amina Sboui, a Tunisian Femen member.

Also known by the pseudonym Amina Tyler, Sboui had posted a photo of herself in February with the slogan "Fuck Your Morals" painted over her bare breasts on Facebook. She later painted 'FEMEN' on a cemetery wall in Kairouan, an important religious and cultural centre. She is facing several charges, including indecency, carrying pepper spray and desecrating a cemetery.

Femen was founded in 2008 in the Ukraine. The protest in Tunis for which the women were arrested was the first time the group held an action in a Muslim country. Femen's opposition to Islam has intensified over the last few months. They have waged what they have called a "topless jihad" against the organised religion.

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