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Tunisian pardoned over Mohammed caricatures

A Tunisian jailed for posting caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed online has received a pardon from President Moncef Marzouki, his spokesman said Wednesday, but it is unclear whether he will be released. "A presidential pardon for Jabeur Mejri has been issued for the case in which he was condemned to nearly eight years" in prison, spokesman Adnene Manser told Shems FM radio. Mejri, 29, was sentenced in March 2012 to seven and half years in jail for posting cartoons of the prophet on his Facebook page.

Tunisian pardoned over Mohammed caricatures

A Tunisian jailed since 2012 for posting caricatures of Prophet Mohammed online has received a presidential pardon, an official said Wednesday, but it is unclear whether he will be released. President Moncef Marzouki signed the pardon for Jabeur Mejri concerning the "main case," the president's spokesman Adnene Manser told Shems FM radio, but he added: "We were surprised by the existence of another (criminal) case," without elaborating. alf-iba/jk/hc

Artists launch 'draw-in' campaign over jailed Tunisia cartoonist

Artists from a dozen countries Tuesday launched an online campaign called "100 drawings for Jabeur" Mejri in support of the Tunisian jailed in 2012 for posting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed online. The launch of the campaign comes nearly two weeks after Tunisia adopted a new constitution that guarantees the right to freedom of conscience and expression.

Artists launch 'draw-in' campaign over jailed Tunisia cartoonist

Artists from a dozen countries Tuesday launched an online campaign called "100 drawings for Jabeur" Mejri in support of the Tunisian jailed in 2012 for posting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed online. The launch of the campaign comes nearly two weeks after Tunisia adopted a new constitution that guarantees the right to freedom of conscience and expression.

Tunisian president says will free jailed Prophet cartoonist

Tunisia's President Moncef Marzouki said Wednesday he would free a young Tunisian man jailed last year for posting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed online once tensions in the country had eased. Jabbeur Mejri was sentenced at a closed hearing in March 2012 to seven and half years in jail for posting caricatures of the Prophet on his Facebook page. He petitioned the president for a pardon earlier this year, saying he regretted his actions.

Tunisia says nine 'terrorists' killed, bombs seized

Tunisian forces have killed nine "terrorists" and seized two tonnes of explosives in the north of the country where policemen died this week in a jihadist attack, officials said Saturday. The suspected "terrorists" were killed in the Mount Taouyer area of the Beja region, 70 kilometres (40 miles) west of Tunis, defence ministry spokesman Taoufik Rahmouni was quoted as saying by the official TAP news agency.

Egypt recalls Tunisia envoy: state TV

Egypt recalled its ambassador from Tunisia on Saturday after the Tunisian president demanded the release of deposed leader Mohamed Morsi, state television reported. The Egyptian foreign ministry recalled its ambassador for "consultations," state television reported. Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki had called on Egypt's new rulers to release the Islamist Morsi, who has been detained in a secret location since the military overthrew him on July 3.

Tunisia Ennahda chief says protests will not topple govt

Tunisia's Islamist ruling party chief has said the government will not step down under pressure from the opposition, even as fresh protests were being readied Tuesday to demand just that. Rached Ghannouchi's remarks, published by La Presse newspaper, will likely deepen a crisis that has gripped the North African nation since a political assassination in February was followed by another last month. "There are excessive demands at protests for the dissolution of the elected government," Ghannouchi told La Presse.

Tunisia Ennahda chief says protests will not topple govt

Tunisia's Islamist ruling party chief has said the government will not step down under pressure from the opposition, even as fresh protests were being readied Tuesday to demand just that. Rached Ghannouchi's remarks, published by La Presse newspaper, will likely deepen a crisis that has gripped the North African nation since a political assassination in February was followed by another last month. "There are excessive demands at protests for the dissolution of the elected government," Ghannouchi told La Presse.

Egypt Salafists pull out of government talks

Egypt's Salafist Al-Nur party said on Monday that it had withdrawn from talks on the formation of a new government in response to the killing of protesters calling for ousted president Mohamed Morsi to be reinstated. "We have decided to withdraw immediately from all negotiations in response to the massacre outside the Republican Guard" headquarters, Al-Nur spokesman Nadder Bakkar said on Twitter.
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