Tunisia court convicts 18 of 'terrorism'

2017-05-04 14:10


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Tunis - A Tunisian court on Wednesday sentenced two people to death and 16 others to jail terms for acts of "terrorism" in 2014 during which a security guard was killed.

Judiciary spokesman Sofiene Sliti told AFP that nine of those sentenced were tried in absentia.

The two death sentences were handed down for the murder of the guard in Kebili, southern Tunisia.

The 16 others were condemned to prison terms of between four and 36 years for "belonging to a terrorist group" and over a deadly clash with security forces near Tunis.

Tunisia has observed a moratorium on carrying out executions since 1991.

Since its 2011 revolution, Tunisia has experienced an increase in jihadist attacks that have cost the lives of dozens of members of the security forces and 59 foreign tourists.

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