Over Swedish protest, Tunisia imposes 2-year sentence

9 Feb

Tunisia imposes 2-year sentence


An unidentified Swedish man has been sentenced to two years behind bars in Tunisia for “homosexual acts” despite the protests of Swedish diplomats, Agence France-Presse reported.

Yamina Thabet: "This law is an infringement upon freedom." (Photo courtesy of Tunisia-Live.net) Yamina Thabet: “This law is an infringement upon freedom.” (Photo courtesy of Tunisia-Live.net)

Under Tunisian law, sodomy is punishable by up to three years in prison.

AFP added:

“(Sweden) highlighted its belief in equal rights regardless of sexual orientation as a fundamental principle of democracy,” said Victoria Bell, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Foreign Ministry.

“The man, who is in his 50s, was sentenced February 4 to two years in prison for homosexual acts,” she added.

Tunisia confirmed the conviction, but has not provided further comment. A report in Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet said the man, who has been living in France for years, appealed the sentence.

A Tunisian human rights organization called on authorities to change the law and condemned the man’s prison…

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