Tunisia conciliatory on US anger

2013-05-31 19:34


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Tunis - Tunisia's justice minister says Washington's anger over the light sentences handed to suspects in a September attack on its embassy is understandable.

Justice Minister Nedhir Ben Ammou struck a conciliatory tone in a press conference on Friday, noting that the prosecution immediately appealed the suspended sentences given to 20 suspects in the attack.

On September 14, a mob of at least 2 000 people attacked the US Embassy in Tunis over an American-made film that insulted Islam, damaging property, destroying cars and burning down a nearby school.

On Tuesday, the court gave them all two year suspended sentences, prompting a complaint from the embassy reminding the government of its commitment to protect diplomatic missions and prosecute those attacking them. Ben Ammou added that there were still more suspects to be tried.

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