Tunisia slashes sentence of militia leader

2014-05-10 17:04
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Tunis - A spokesperson says Tunisia's appeals court has sharply reduced the jail sentence given to a leader of a controversial pro-Islamist militia blamed for inciting violence.

Imed Dghij, a senior figure with the League for the Protection of the Revolution (LPR), was arrested in February, after threatening Tunisian authorities in a video posted online.

"We will not give ourselves up. We will win, and we will die only after we've finished with you, is that clear?" Dghij had said, adding that "shedding the blood of the security forces" was a legitimate act.


He was sentenced in March to eight months in jail for inciting violence and six months for attacking others on social networks.

Spokesperson Habib Torkhani said without elaborating that the appeals court had reduced the first sentence to three months and quashed the second one after reclassifying the offence.

The LPR was formed in the aftermath of the January 2011 uprising, supposedly to safeguard the revolution.

It has been repeatedly accused of resorting to violence to intimidate its critics and is seen by many as a ruthless militia with links to the main Islamist party Ennahda.

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