Tunisian court jails 17 on terrorism charges: lawyer


A Tunisian court has jailed 17 men for up to 12 years for having links to a terrorist organisation.

Defence lawyer Samir Ben Amor did not say which group the men were accused of having ties to. Government officials were not immediately available for comment, Reuters adds.

“The judge on Monday sentenced 17 men to jail terms ranging from 8 to 12 years, as they were accused of having ties with a terrorist group and providing weapons and explosives,” Ben Amor told Reuters earlier today.

Tunisian lawyers say about 2,000 people have been arrested since 2003 on terrorism charges, including charges of recruiting fighters.