Tunisia Rappers, Journalist on Trial over Protest
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Two Tunisian musicians appeared in court over their alleged role in clashes with the police at the trial of a fellow rapper, while a journalist implicated in the same case was absent.
Aymen Feki and Moustapha Fakhfakh, as well as the French-Tunisian journalist Hind Meddeb, are charged with abusing public officials and attacks on public morals, crimes punishable by jail terms of one year and six months respectively.
The charges relate to a confrontation between police and protesters in June outside the Tunis court where Weld El 15 was controversially jailed for aggressively insulting the police in a song, AFP reported.
The jailed rapper was later freed when his jail term was reduced on appeal to a six-month suspended sentence.
After a brief hearing on Monday, at the court near Tunis, the trial was adjourned until November 25, at the request of the defence lawyers.
The accused journalist, Meddeb, left Tunis for Paris after the incident in June, refusing to answer the court summons.