Friday, November 2, 2018

Parliamentarian waives immunity

Yassine Ayari, an opposition members of the Tunisian Parliament, has waived his parliamentary immunity in a case in which he was convicted by a military court even though he is a civilian, according to this report. The basis for his prosecution was a 2017 Facebook post that was critical of the Army. He was originally sentenced to 16 days in jail, but that was increased to three months after the government appealed. Mr. Ayari represents Tunisians who live in Germany.

Human rights jurisprudence strongly disfavors the trial of civilians in military courts.

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