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”.
#Femen activist #Amina has been released from jail. All charges dropped except one. She will appear before court again at unknown date.
— Tunisia Live (@Tunisia_Live) August 1, 2013
Enfin hors de prison mais on serra satisfait a l acquittement #amina
— leyla jD (@leyla81) August 1, 2013
Finally, out of prison. But, we will be satisfied with her acquittal.
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 est libérée now place à #FreeJabeur ne l'oublions pas !
— Eglantine (@pink_eglantine) August 1, 2013
Amina is free. It's the turn to “freejabeur. Let's not forget him.
#Amina libre! On ne va pas bouder son plaisir mais le combat pour la liberté d'expression et de conviction continue: #FreeJabeur
— IlyesA (@Nadhim66) August 1, 2013
Amina is free. We are not going to refuse her release but the battle for freedom of expression and conscience continue. #freejabeur
They tortured Amina. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhLWKG0pedA