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Tunisia 'police rape' condemned

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  • Chris & Christine
    28 September 2012 Last updated at 14:36 GMT Tunisia police rape condemned Tunisia s minister for women has condemned the alleged rape by police of a woman
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 29, 2012
      28 September 2012 Last updated at 14:36 GMT

      Tunisia 'police rape' condemned

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      Tunisia's minister for women has condemned the alleged rape by police of a woman who was later - together with her fiance - charged with indecency.

      "Nobody is above the law," the minister, Sihem Badi, told reporters.

      A lawyer for the woman says she was charged with public indecency after being raped by two officers.

      The Tunisian interior ministry says that before the alleged rape took place, the woman and her fiance were found in an "immoral position".

      The woman's lawyer, Bouchra Belhaj Hmida, told AFP news agency that the governing Islamist Ennahda party bore a "political and moral responsibility".

      She said there had been "many cases of sexual, moral, and financial harassment" of women by officers since Ennahda came to power in October 2011.

      The incident involving the unnamed woman occurred earlier this month.

      A judge is due to rule next week on whether to proceed with the case against the couple.

      They could face a six-month jail sentence if convicted of indecency. Human rights groups have called for the charges to be dropped.

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