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Tunisian held in US embassy attack dies

2012-11-16 11:37

Tunis — The lawyer for a militant detained for attacking the US embassy in Tunisia says his client has died from a heart attack after a two month hunger strike protesting his innocence.

Abdel-Basset Ben Mberek, the lawyer, said his client died on Thursday after being transferred to a Tunis hospital when his condition declined.

Bachir al-Gholi, aged 23 and father of a 6-month-old daughter, survived two heart attacks and succumbed to the third, his lawyer added.

Following region-wide anger over a US-made film insulting the Prophet Muhammad, about 2 000 militants attacked the US embassy in Tunis in September and looted a nearby school.

According to the Justice Ministry, about 123 people have been arrested in the ongoing investigation.

Al-Gholi's lawyer said his client maintained his innocence.

Comments
  • Rashida Patel - 2012-11-16 14:59

    And america wants to teach the world justice and democracy !! Imagine if it was an american in prison ! Hypocrisy and double standards.

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