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US embassy attack: 20 Tunisians convicted

29 May 2013, 10:02

Tunis - The lawyer for the 20 Tunisians accused of attacking the US embassy in Tunis says they have been convicted and given two-year suspended sentences.

On September 14, a mob of several thousand attacked the embassy in response to an American-made film considered insulting to Islam, and four demonstrators died.

At least 73 people were arrested, but most were released for lack of evidence and only 20 went on trial. They were convicted on Tuesday night, says defence lawyer Anwar Oued-Ali.

He says only nine of them are in custody.

After the attack, the government took a tougher stance with religious hardliners known as Salafis.

- AP


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