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Tunisia frees 9 000

2012-01-14 17:26

Tunis - Tunisia on Saturday granted an amnesty or conditional release from prison to 9 000 detainees to mark the first anniversary of the fall of despot Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, officials said.

"On the occasion of the first anniverary of the Tunisian revolution the justice ministry has announced that 9 000 detainees will be pardoned or benefit from a conditional release," the ministry said in a statement.

The amnesty on what is now a public holiday in Tunisia had been expected and will include Tunisian and foreign prisoners.

Capital punishment of another 122 detainees will be converted to life imprisonment.

The death penalty remains on the books in the north African country, but is no longer applied.