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Case against Tunisian Woman Raped by Police Dropped
2012-11-30
[An Nahar] The case against a young Tunisian woman allegedly raped by two coppers has been dropped, her lawyer said on Thursday.

The case was dismissed "against the woman and her boyfriend," lawyer Emna Zahrouni said.

The 27-year-old rape victim faced possible indecency charges with her fiance based on the testimony of the alleged rapists, coppers who say they took the couple by surprise in an "immoral position" just before the attack purportedly took place.

The case sparked a storm of protest in Tunisia, with NGOs, media and opposition figures saying the proceedings had transformed the victim into the accused and reflected the Islamist-led government's policy towards women.

Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, from the ruling Islamist party Ennahda, said in October that the coppers, enjugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
shortly after the incident, would be "severely judged."

But he also said there may be a case of indecency to answer.

However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki in October offered a state apology to the woman.

"The Tunisian president received the young woman raped by the coppers... and after listening to the details of this painful case... he expressed total sympathy (with the woman) and offered a state apology," a statement from his office said.
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