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Tunisia: First Woman to Get Six Years Prison For Her Online Activities

Categories: Tunisia, Advocacy, Legal Threats

On Thursday 14 May 2009, the 5th Criminal Chamber of the Court of First Instance in Tunis convicted the 22-year [1] old ICT Student, Mariam Zouaghi, who was in custody, on separate terrorist-related charges, and sentenced her to six years in prison.

Mariam Zouaghi is the first Tunisian woman to be convicted under The Anti-Terrorism Act of 10 December 2003 [2].

Mariam has been arrested on July 26th, 2008 [3], for visiting banned websites, publishing online articles on alleged extremist forum boards and collecting money to support Gaza [4].

In a phone call with Global Voices Advocacy, defense lawyer, Samir Ben Amor [5], says Mariam maintained her innocence and denied accusations that she belonged to any terror groups. She also stressed that her case was related to her online activities and her support to the people of Gaza.