Category Archives: Tunisia

Tunisia beach terror attack suspect assaults judge with gavel in terror trial

An Islamic State (ISIS) militant on trial for involvement in a terror attack which killed 30 British tourists assaulted a judge after seizing his gavel.

Adel Ghandri managed to grab the judge’s ceremonial mallet before hitting him over the head with it, according to Tunisia’s military justice system. A statement from the court did not say whether the judge was injured in the melee. The 33-year-old appeared in court on Tuesday alongside several other suspects accused of carrying out a raid on a military outpost near the border with Libya.


Man ‘reports he has been raped by two male robbers – and is jailed for eight months under Tunisia’s anti-gay laws’

A man has been jailed for eight months under Tunisia’s anti-gay laws after reporting that he had been raped by two male robbers, it has been claimed.

The 22-year-old is said to have gone to a police station in the southern Tunisian town of Sfax to report the alleged assault and robbery – only to be arrested himself.

A gay rights group in the North African country said he was accused of homosexuality and forced to undergo an invasive anal examination.


Tunisia attacks: Muslims jailed over 2015 terror

Seven jihadists have been sentenced to life in prison in Tunisia over gun and grenade attacks at a museum and a beach resort in 2015.

Sixty people, mostly tourists, died in the attacks and many were wounded.

Other defendants received lesser prison terms, but 27 were acquitted.

The first attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March 2015 killed 22 people. Three months later, 38 tourists, most of them British, were shot dead at Port El Kantaoui near Sousse.


Tunisia protests spread after journalist sets himself on fire

Clashes between Tunisian protesters and security forces spread from an impoverished city overnight, the authorities said on Wednesday, as anger grew over the death of a journalist who set himself on fire over economic conditions.

In the western city of Kasserine police fired tear gas at youths throwing stones during a second night of unrest.

Clashes also broke out in the eastern town of Jbeniana, where a police officer was injured, and in Tebourba, in the north, where at least five people were arrested, said Walid Hkima, a national security spokesman.


Tunisia feared the return of militants from abroad. The threat now is those who never left.

TUNIS — Four years ago, thousands of Tunisian jihadists began flowing to the battlefields of Iraq, Libya and Syria to join the Islamic State and al-Qaeda — more than from any other nationality. Ever since, Tunisian and Western authorities have feared their return and the possible chaos that could follow.

So far, those fears haven’t materialized, according to Tunisian authorities, Western diplomats and regional analysts.

Instead, the Islamic State and al-Qaeda are recruiting a new generation of locals to stage terrorist attacks at home, including one in July near the Algerian border that left six national guardsmen dead.


Interpol circulates list of suspected Isis fighters believed to be in Italy

Interpol believes the 50 suspects, all Tunisian nationals, may be attempting to reach other European countries

Interpol has circulated a list of 50 suspected Islamic State fighters who it believes have recently landed in Italy by boat, and may be attempting to reach other European countries.

The list, obtained by the Guardian, was drafted by the general secretariat of the international police organisation. It was sent on 29 November to the Italian interior ministry, which subsequently distributed it to national anti-terrorism agencies across Europe.

The suspects listed are all Tunisian nationals, some of whom were identified by officials when they landed in Italy. The document shows their first names, surnames and dates of births.


Tunisians demand the right to eat and drink during Ramadan as they protest against non-fasters being arrested

Dozens of Tunisians demonstrated on Sunday to demand the right to eat and drink in public during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and to protest against non-fasters being arrested.

There is no law against eating or drinking in public during Ramadan, but every year the issue comes to the fore in the North African country.

Tunisia’s constitution guarantees ‘freedom of belief and conscience’, but the state is also the ‘guardian of religion’.

Islam is such a hateful cult.


‘Please don’t stone our animals to death’

A Tunisian zoo that closed after a crocodile was stoned to death has reopened – with new signs instructing visitors not to throw things at the animals.

The Belvedere Zoo in central Tunis shut its gates in March after a public outcry over the animal’s death.

Images shared on social media showed the dead crocodile’s head beside what appeared to be a bloodied paving slab and another large rock.


Tunisia Fears the Return of Thousands of Young Jihadists

TUNIS — Tunisia has sent more fighters abroad to join the ranks of the Islamic State than any other country. And now, as the Islamic State takes a battering on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, the country is at odds over what to do if and when they come home.

Tunisians have been dealing with a frenzied polemic in recent weeks, as secularists have raised fears that a returning wave will bring further mayhem to this fragile state and Islamists have been forced to condemn the jihadists.

“How can we accept those people who are professionals in war, in the use of arms and have a culture of being terrorists?” asked Badra Gaaloul, a civil-military analyst who heads the International Center of Strategic, Security and Military Studies. “We in Tunisia are in crisis, and we cannot accept these people.”


Tunisia Muslim terror attack: police ‘deliberately’ delayed arrival, inquest to hear

Police officers “deliberately and unjustifiably” slowed down on their way to a mass terrorist shooting on a Tunisian beach, according to witness evidence to be heard at the inquests into the deaths of 30 Britons killed in the atrocity.

A report by a Tunisian judge contains testimony that police units in the resort town of Sousse purposefully delayed their arrival at the Imperial Marhaba hotel on 26 June 2015 as a gunman opened fire and killed 38 tourists, 30 of whom were British.

Resuming the inquests into the deaths at the beach resort, Samantha Leek QC, the counsel to the inquests, said a total of 38 tourists had “needlessly lost their lives” in the mass shooting.