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Topless Europeans protesters may face 2 years in prison

They have been charged with offending public decency and threatening public order

  • AP
  • Published: 17:49 May 31, 2013
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  • Police officers detain an activist from the women's rights group FEMEN during a protest against the arrest of their Tunisian member named Amina, in front of Tunisia's Ministry of Justice in Tunis May 29, 2013. Tunisia's interior ministry said earlier on May 19 that Amina had been arrested in Kairouan for placing a feminist banner on the wall of a mosque and trying to expose her breasts. Amina sparked controversy in recent months by publishing nude images on Facebook and writing on her chest: "My body belongs to me and not the honour of others". REUTERS/Anis Mili (TUNISIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Tunis: The defence lawyer for the three European feminists that protested topless in front of the Tunis courthouse says they have been charged with offending public decency and threatening public order.

Souhaib Bahri said Friday they would appear in court on June 5 and face up to two years in prison.

On Thursday, two French and a German member of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen protested for the release of a Tunisian member of the group currently in custody after her own protest in the religious centre of Qairouan.

The women were forcibly removed from the courthouse by police while angry Tunisians demonstrated against them and attacked journalists. Sboui, also known by her pseudonym Tyler, will also appear in court in Kairouan on June 5 on charges of offending public decency.

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