Tunisian jailed for two months over anti-police T-shirt

 10 May 2017 - 19:13

Tunisian jailed for two months over anti-police T-shirt
FILE PHOTO: Tunisian police officers pass near a bullet-riddled house damaged during clashes between Tunisian security forces and suspected militants in Tunis, May 11, 2016. REUTERS / Zoubeir Souissi

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Tunis:  A Tunisian court has sentenced a man to two months in prison for wearing a T-shirt deemed insulting to police, a judicial official said Wednesday.

She said it had handed the same sentence to the printer of the T-shirt, which according to local media read "If a woman is corrupted, she becomes a whore, and if a man is corrupted, he becomes a policeman."

Police in the eastern city of Sousse on Friday stopped a young man in a cafe and later detained the owner of the print shop, local media reported.

Assistant prosecutor Zahia Sayadi said the man who wore the T-shirt was charged with publicly insulting an official and the printer with participating in the insult.

"Wearing the T-shirt in the street is equivalent to publicly insulting all policemen", she said.

The defendants have 10 days to appeal.

In 2013, Tunisian rapper Weld El 15 was handed two years in jail for insulting policemen in a song calling them dogs.

He appealed and was eventually acquitted after spending several weeks in jail.

The case was seen as rolling back freedoms Tunisians had won in a 2011 uprising that toppled longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.