Tunisian FEMEN Activist Amina Released from Prison

On August 1, a Tunisia court ordered the release of FEMEN activist Amina Sboui, arrested in mid May after she wrote the word FEMEN on a cemetery wall in Kairouan, central of Tunisia. On May 30, she was ordered to pay a fine over the ‘non-authorized’ possession of pepper spray. However, she remained in custody on additional charges, including “belonging to a criminal organization” [FEMEN] and “undermining public morals”. These two charges have been dropped. Although a defamation case against the 19-year-old activist was dismissed on July 29, Amina is still charged with “cemetery desecration”.

Finally, out of prison. But, we will be satisfied with her acquittal.

Photo of Amina as she walks free. She was released on Thursday afternoon. Photo via Tunisian Girl Facebook page

Photo of Amina as she walks free. She was released on Thursday afternoon. Photo via Tunisian Girl's Facebook page

As the news of Amina's release spread, a number of number of Tunisian Twitter users thought of Jabeur Mejri, sentenced to seven and half years in prison last year over the publication of Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

Amina is free. It's the turn to “freejabeur. Let's not forget him.

Amina is free. We are not going to refuse her release but the battle for freedom of expression and conscience continue. #freejabeur


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