Tunisia arrests blogger convicted of 'defaming' army: lawyer

Tunisian Police Special Unit agents stand guard in front of the Okba Ibn Nafaa mosque in the central Tunisian city of Kairouan on May 19, 2013Tunisian authorities have arrested a blogger as he returned from a trip abroad weeks after he was convicted of defaming army officers, his lawyer said Thursday. Yassine Ayari, 33, was taken into custody overnight after landing at Tunis-Carthage airport and was whisked to jail in line with the court verdict pronounced against him. The military prosecutor said Ayari had been sentenced in absentia on November 18 to three years’ jail on charges of having “defamed army officers and senior defence ministry officials”. Ayari, who was returning from France when he was detained overnight, had accused these officials of financial abuse, the prosecutor said in a statement.

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