Tunisian News & Current Affairs

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  1. Mango Chutney

    Mango Chutney Well-Known Member

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    Oi!!! I don't drink alcohol...and I'm not grumpy :D

    They'll be attracting all those dirty buggers from Saudi Arabia...they go to Tunisia to buy rat sex :sick:
    Makes me laugh that they refrain from alcohol, eat Halal meat...but are indulging in gay sex which is haram :D

    Oh...the hypocrisy :rolleyes:
     
  2. Heidi

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    Yeah and where will the rich Saudi's go to fuck the very young tunisian girls, they buy from their parents, to make their holydays worthwhile :confused:
     
  3. Heidi

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    Trust me, you would be grumpy if you were a recovered alcoholic ;)
     
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  4. Heidi

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    Btw. Mango, If you turn me into an insomniac, I'll have your head feile.gif
     
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  5. Mango Chutney

    Mango Chutney Well-Known Member

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    Haha, I don't think I actually know any.
    I just don't like the taste of it...but it bothers me not one iota if others want a drink....so I certainly wouldn't frequent Halal hotels.
    The desert? I dunno really....surely a pure, Halal hotel would not allow that :D
    Don't you blame it on me!! I can't help being so thoroughly entertaining that you don't want to sleep :p
     
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    Well i cant see how it would attract many people to be honest. Some tunisians are worse than us brits for drinking.
    I.do love a good drink so i would avoid this type of hotel, cant actually be arsed with people who look down on others just because we could drink a river dry haha.
    Each to their own i guess.
     
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    And one of the important reason is Algerians could drink in Tunisia as much as they want. Seems this initiative is against Algerians.:D
     
  8. Mango Chutney

    Mango Chutney Well-Known Member

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    Anybody know anything else?

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    Laura2014 Well-Known Member

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    Not heard anything yet. The most awful thing is that this is not a surprise. Sounds like an isolated incident but I’m sure for the tourists who have until now felt safe there this will be a light bulb moment.
     
  10. Mango Chutney

    Mango Chutney Well-Known Member

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    I hope so, because sadly...I think there will be more with time :(
     
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    The two police officers stabbed by an individual yesterday in Djerba are in a stable state.

    The first officer was operated on and transferred to the intensive care unit while the second officer was luckier and healthier, according to sources from the Sadok Mkadem Regional Hospital in Djerba.

    Two mounted police officers were stabbed by an individual who refused to submit to a routine identity check at Djerba beach.

    The offender is 28 years old and is from the Bir Lahmer delegation in Tataouine and resides and works at the Ghomrassen delegation. He was placed in custody.

    In addition, the spokesman of the anti-terrorist judicial unit, Sofiene Seliti, announced that the public prosecutor in Medenine has carried out the first investigations and that the case has been transferred to the anti-terrorist judiciary. However, the terrorist trail has not been confirmed.

    http://www.webdo.tn/2018/07/13/les-deux-policiers-poignardes-a-djerba-dans-un-etat-stable/
     
  12. Mango Chutney

    Mango Chutney Well-Known Member

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    I knew you'd find something :D
    It says yesterday, so my thingy was a bit late putting his alert out!
     
  13. Mango Chutney

    Mango Chutney Well-Known Member

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    Nope, it does say yesterday....my brain is currently in last week...so I forgot to open the link, and just screenshot the pic :oops:
    Think I need coffee....

    Djerba: Knife attack against two police officers: "suspicion of terrorist act" (statements)
    12/07/2018 22:42, DJERBA/Tunisia
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    (TAP) – The author of the attack against two policemen on patrol in the tourist zone of Djerba was brought before the judicial pole specialised in terrorist affairs for simple "suspicion of terrorist intent in the attack", spokesman of Medenine Court of First Instance Mourad Ouderni told TAP correspondent Thursday evening.

    "The first elements of the investigation with the suspect revealed a suspicion of terrorist intent, which will be thoroughly investigated by the judiciary counterterrorism pole," he said.

    For his part, spokesman of the pole, Sofiene Selliti, said in a statement to TAP that "the terrorist intent is not yet confirmed and the suspect was arrested at the disposal of the judiciary counterterrorism pole for interrogation ".

    The public prosecutor took charge of the case and authorised the National Investigation Unit for Terrorist Crimes at the Gorjani National Security Directorate to investigate the aggression.

    The author of the attack had with him at the time of the attack and after his arrest only a knife used in the assault on the two policemen, had previously told TAP spokesman of the first instance court of Medenine.

    "The case was thus considered a common crime and has no connection with a terrorist act, facts confirmed by security sources who described the operation as an act of violence and a criminal offense", he said.

    The two security officers were attacked with a knife Thursday afternoon during a patrol on the coast of Djerba by an individual who intrigued them with his winter clothes.

    The attacker refused to show his identity papers and stabbed the police officers when they tried to search him. Both officers were transported to the Sadok Mkaddem Regional Hospital in Djerba.

    One of the officers was slightly injured and the other more seriously injured.
     
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  14. Heidi

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    Makes no difference to me if I get stabbed by a terrorist or a regular criminal :whistle:
     
  15. Mango Chutney

    Mango Chutney Well-Known Member

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    Me either. I'm slightly concerned about the lack of body armour on the Tunisian police....it shouldn't be so easy to take them out, leaving what would then be, unprotected tourists exposed :confused:
    I know it's not cheap, but for these cops to safeguard the public, they must first be safeguarded themselves....do they not wear stab vests? :confused:
     
  16. Mango Chutney

    Mango Chutney Well-Known Member

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    Good good....keep sending 'em all back....it gives a strong message. Wish they'd start booting out these scam marriage visa rats too :thumbsup:

    Some right riff raff entered our countries! I'd repatriate them now..they can serve their time in a Tunisian jail :thumbsup:

    Man who kicked police officer in the head gets jail, will be repatriated

    The man will be repatriated back to Tunisia after he serves his sentence, with the magistrate calling him 'a danger to society and a threat to public order and Police'

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    A magistrate has repeated his zero-tolerance stance on violence against police officers, saying that the police “must be protected whilst doing their work and nobody is excused -whatever the reason may be- for threatening or injuring police officers.”

    Tunisian Abdell Raouf Mohfoudi Ali Hassan was charged with attacking, insulting and threatening officers whilst in the police lockup.

    Inspector Priscilla Caruana Lee had told Magistsate Joe Mifsud last month how the man had been in the police lockup when he had started to bang his head against the door. He was taken to Mater Dei Hospital for a check-up, but while there he had kicked a police sergeant in the head, slightly injuring him. Hassan was discharged from hospital and taken back into custody.

    Police had then heard him smash a bathroom window and found him in the bathroom, broken glass in hand, about to cut himself.

    Inspector Jeffrey Scicluna had explained that the man was then tasered.

    The court said it felt it must once again send the message to society that this attitude is not acceptable and would be punished.

    “The police are there to protect the citizen and should not be placed in a situation where they are afraid of exercising their right to correct law-breaking individuals.”

    The magistrate encouraged police officers to intervene wherever there is a breach of the law “with the intention of bringing harmony to the country.”

    The police had a right to go home in one piece, uninjured and without the fear of having contracted some infection that takes weeks to diagnose.

    The court found Hassan guilty of all charges and sentenced him to two years imprisonment, together with a fine of €5,000. His €2,000 bail guarantee was also seized.

    Magistrate Mifsud ordered that the man be forcibly repatriated to Tunisia after serving his sentence “because he is a danger to society and a threat to public order and the Police, more so to the average citizen.”

    https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/...ad_gets_jail_will_be_repatriated#.W0lmjHrTW2c

    Germany deports 'Bin Laden bodyguard' to Tunisia
    • 13 July 2018
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    Image captionAfter 9/11 Bin Laden was public enemy number one for the US
    Germany has deported to Tunisia a man who once allegedly protected Osama Bin Laden and had been living in Germany with his family since 1997.

    The 42-year-old Tunisian, known as Sami A, was put on a flight from Düsseldorf early on Friday, despite a German court ruling against his deportation.

    The faxed court decision reached the authorities too late to stop Sami A being deported, a court official said.

    Sami A had argued that he could be tortured if sent back to Tunisia.

    He was detained late last month after the migration authorities had decided he could be deported. But the Gelsenkirchen court had upheld his appeal against that decision.

    "I can confirm that Sami A was sent back to Tunisia this morning and handed over to Tunisian authorities," said interior ministry spokeswoman Annegret Korff, quoted by AFP news agency.

    Bin Laden ran the al-Qaeda jihadist network and approved the devastating 9/11 terror attacks on the US in 2001. He was shot dead by US special forces in Pakistan in 2011.

    Sami A was considered a security risk while living in the western city of Bochum, where he was receiving €1,168 (£1,022) a month in welfare payments. His asylum application was rejected in 2007.

    German media have not reported his full name for privacy reasons.

    He denies jihadist links. He has been living in Bochum with a German wife and four children.

    At least three of the 9/11 suicide pilots were members of an al-Qaeda cell based in Hamburg, northern Germany.

    According to witness testimony from a German anti-terror trial in 2005, Sami A served for several months in 2000 as one of Bin Laden's bodyguards in Afghanistan. He denies that, but judges in Düsseldorf believed the witness.

    Sami A was investigated for alleged al-Qaeda links in 2006, but he was not charged.

    He had obtained a temporary residence permit in Germany in 1999 and took several technology courses. He moved to Bochum in 2005.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44818771
     
  17. Iwassostupid

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    Meanwhile another court in the same city and building just a different room has ruled that the deported has to be brought back to Germany. Certainly all on cost of the german taxpayer. This is Angelas Germany 2018. Open borders for everyone. Any Terrorist or Murderer is heartedly welcome to Germany to retire.
     
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  18. Mango Chutney

    Mango Chutney Well-Known Member

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    Waaaaah :Cry::Cry::Cry:

    Court orders former bin Laden aide brought back to Germany

    By ASSOCIATED PRESS

    PUBLISHED: 18:29, 13 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:29, 13 July 2018

    • BERLIN (AP) - A court in Germany ordered authorities Friday to bring back a former aide to Osama bin Laden - hours after he was deported to his native Tunisia on Friday.

    Sami A., whose last name wasn't given due to privacy laws, was flown to Tunis on a charter aircraft and handed over to Tunisian authorities, despite a court ruling blocking the move.

    The administrative court in the western city of Gelsenkirchen had ruled Thursday that the man should remain in Germany until the government receives guarantees he won't face torture in his homeland. But the fax informing authorities about the court's decision was sent on Friday morning - after the man had already landed in Tunisia.

    The Gelsenkirchen court subsequently told authorities to reverse the deportation at Germany's expense, saying it had been "illegal and breached fundamental principles of rule of law." The decision can be appealed.

    Sami A. had lived for several years with his wife and children in the western city of Bochum. The 42-year-old, described as a former bodyguard to the al-Qaida chief, was deemed to be a dangerous Islamist by German authorities and taken into custody in June.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap...rs-former-bin-Laden-aide-brought-Germany.html

    I don't understand our countries! Does this thing deserve a good life on benefits? Send him back again!!
     
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  19. Mango Chutney

    Mango Chutney Well-Known Member

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    Possibly very good news!! :D

    Suspected Osama bin Laden bodyguard Sami A. to remain in Tunisia after Germany cancels deportation order
    Germany suspects 42-year-old Sami A. of working as a bodyguard to late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. A German court wants him to return from Tunisia after ruling his deportation was illegal.




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    Tunisian authorities said on Saturday they do not plan to return a suspected Islamist to Germany after a German court ruled authorities had wrongly deported the man to his native country.

    "We have a sovereign justice system that is investigating him," a spokesman from Tunisia's anti-terrorism office told German news agency DPA. German authorities would have to wait until the investigation into Sami A.'s alleged terrorist ties had ended, he added.

    Deportation fiasco

    The 42-year-old Sami was arrested in Tunisia on Friday morning after German police deported him in a chartered airplane from the western city of Dusseldorf.

    But shortly after his arrival, it was revealed that a court Gelsenkirchen in northern Germany had blocked the deportation order on Thursday evening over concerns Sami could be tortured after his arrival in Tunisia. The decision, which was sent by fax, only reached officials responsible for carrying out the deportation on Friday morning.













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    Controversy over an alleged former bin Laden bodyguard
    The court has since ordered for Sami to be returned to Germany, sparking anger among some German politicians and officials involved in the case. The German state and city where Sami lived prior to his deportation – North Rhine-Westphalia and Bochum – plan to appeal the court's ruling.

    Tunisia has said it has not yet received a return request from Germany.

    Suspected bin Laden bodyguard

    German authorities suspect Sami A., who first came to Germany in 1997 as a student, received military training in Afghanistan from al-Qaida, the Islamist group responsible for carrying out the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. During his training, he allegedly worked as a bodyguard to the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin-Laden.

    Authorities also accuse Sami of spreading Islamist teachings as a Salafist preacher since he returned to Germany after the 2001 attacks. He is believed to have been part of Salafist and jihadist networks as late as 2015, according to an official report seen by German weekly Focus.

    A criminal investigation into the allegations ended without charges amid a lack of evidence.

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    https://www.dw.com/en/suspected-osa...-germany-cancels-deportation-order/a-44676238
     
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  20. Mango Chutney

    Mango Chutney Well-Known Member

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    Just thought this was a handy thing to have here on the site, especially the bit about buying property! It does stress that buying through a Tunisian 'Friend' could result in huge financial losses...so if your rat says you'll get your money back for a property or business....he lies!!

    Tunisia rules: Doing this on holiday could land you in jail
    TUNISIA holidays are becoming more popular, but the north African country remains very different to the UK in many of its laws and customs. This is what is illegal in Tunisia for British tourists.
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    20:28, Tue, Jul 24, 2018 | UPDATED: 20:36, Tue, Jul 24, 2018
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    Tunisia rules: Doing this on holiday could land you in jail(Image: Getty Images)
    Tunisia holiday bookings have increased this year as flights were resumed in February following the Sousse terror attacks three years ago.

    However, tourists need to remain vigilant as activities that are perfectly innocent in the UK may see holidaymakers landed in jail in Tunisia, from taking photographs of government buildings to homosexuality.

    Tunisia has a very tough stance against drugs. “Possession, use and trafficking of controlled drugs are all serious criminal offences,” warns the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

    “The possession of even a small amount of ‘soft’ drugs could result in a prison term.”

    In 2016, 6,700 people were arrested and detained for drug consumption in Tunisia - eight times more than in 2000, according to official figures from the Ministry of Justice.

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    A third of the overall prison population in Tunisia is made up of drug offenders.

    A punishable offence that many tourists might not be aware of is that it’s illegal to remove antiquities from Tunisia.

    You must get permission from Customs authorities if you wish to do so.

    “Failure to get permission could result in lengthy delays on departure, a fine and/or imprisonment,” says the FCO.

    If your previous holidays in Tunisia have been good enough to make you consider buying a holiday home, you need to be tactical as it’s illegal for foreign nationals to purchase property in Tunisia.

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    Tunisia holiday bookings have increased this year as flights resumed in February (Image: Getty Images)
    Tunisia deploys army in several cities as violent protests intensify
    TIt’s not impossible, however. “British nationals wishing to buy property in Tunisia have often been advised to do so through a Tunisian ‘friend,’” advises the FCO.

    “If you are considering purchasing property in Tunisia, you should consult a local lawyer who will be best placed to offer advice. Don’t make private arrangements, which may be illegal and could result in large financial loss.”

    Tourists should avoid taking any photographs near sensitive political or military sites, as photos are not allowed.

    If in doubt, look to see if there’s a sign warning against photography.

    Homosexuality is a criminal offence in Tunisia. According to Lonely Planet, “Sexual acts between two consenting adults of the same sex are punishable by up to three years imprisonment.









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    Tunisia: It’s illegal to remove antiquities from Tunisia and you need permission to do so (Image: Getty Images)
    Another illegal activity is to import or export Tunisian currency. Searches of wallets and purses often occur at Tunis airport.

    “The Tunisian dinar is what is known as a ‘closed currency’, which means it’s a criminal offence to either import or export the currency in or out of Tunisia,” explains the Thomas Cook website.

    “So, even if you find somewhere that does exchange Tunisian currency at home, don’t do it because it’s illegal to take it into the country with you. Instead, just take your own local currency in cash with you, or bring along your debit or credit card.”

    The FCO advises that, in general, tourists to Tunisia should “respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they don’t offend, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas.”

    https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/993724/tunisia-holidays-safe-FCO-travel-advice-jail
     
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    Bezness is a crime - that should also be mentioned.
     
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    Mango Chutney Well-Known Member

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    And they call it 'The 'religion' of peace'...say it's not compulsory, that they respect all other religions, blah blah....yet it specifically states that the co coordinated attacks were planned on non believers in Germany and Tunisia :rolleyes:
    An update on the radicalised nutter in Cologne:

    German prosecutors: Tunisian planned ricin terror bombing against 'unbelievers'

    German prosecutors have widened their probe into a foiled biological terror attack. Meanwhile, two suspected accomplices were arrested in Tunisia, one of whom planned a "simultaneous" attack in Tunisia.




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    German authorities on Friday revealed further details of an investigation into a Tunisian man accused of planning an Islamist-inspired terror attack using a biological weapon.

    Sief Allah H. was arrested in June in a commando raid on his apartment in the western city of Cologne. Investigators found "toxic substances" that were later determined to be deadly ricin poison. The 29-year-old was also alleged to have bomb-making materials in his possession.

    Read more: Cologne ricin plotters bought a hamster to test biological weapon

    As part of a widening probe, investigators said Friday that prosecutors on August 1 charged the Tunisian with "planning a serious act of violence against the state" and membership in a foreign terrorist organization.

    Previously, prosecutors had kept Sief Allah H. in custody on reasonable suspicion. His wife was arrested last month on suspicion of being an accomplice.

    According to the Karlsruhe-based Federal Prosecutor's Office, the Tunisian intended to carry out a biological terror attack against "unbelievers" in Germany.

    "He wanted to explode a ricin bomb packed with shrapnel in a busy indoor place," prosecutors said in an update on their investigation. It was unclear if there was an exact target.

    Read more: Osama bin Laden's suspected bodyguard Sami A. released from Tunisian prison

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      The GSG9, which stands for Grenzschutzgruppe 9 (Border Protection Group 9), was set up in 1972 after regular German police failed to rescue Israeli hostages kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics. Its formation was controversial, with some politicians in Germany feeling the group was reminiscent of the notorious Nazi SS.

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    Contact with IS handlers

    The suspect had previously sought on two occasions in 2017 to enter Syria through Turkey, but failed to join the "Islamic State" (IS) there for unknown reasons.

    Then in September and October last year, Sief Allah H. allegedly made contact on social media with unknown IS members living outside Germany who encouraged him to prepare a bombing in Germany.

    By February, he had allegedly made the decision to carry out an attack. Prosecutors also said that he vowed allegiance to IS.

    In April and May, prosecutors said Sief Allah H. had already acquired on the internet more than 2,000 castor beans, which are processed to make ricin in white powder form. He also received 1,000 extra castor beans for free due to an initial delivery problem.

    Read more: Ricin — an easy-to-obtain bio-weapon from the internet

    During this period, the suspect is said to have been in contact with an unknown person outside of Germany who instructed him on the production of ricin, prosecutors said. By the end of May he had produced 84.3 milligrams of ricin. He then tested the poison on a hamster.

    Meanwhile, Sief Allah H. was in contact on the internet with another person outside of Germany who instructed him in bomb making skills. The suspect then bought bomb-making material online, including 250 metal balls intended to be used as shrapnel.

    Prosecutors said there is no other known person residing in Germany involved in the plot.

    Arrests in Tunisia

    Meanwhile, Tunisian authorities said Friday they had arrested two men in connection with the terror plot. It is unclear if the two Tunisians are the same as those with whom Sief Allah H. had contact on the internet.

    Tunisia's Interior Ministry said the two men were in close contact with Sief Allah H. One of the men is alleged to have prepared a false passport for him.

    The other plotted with Sief Allah H. "to simultaneously carry out in Tunisia and Germany two attacks using homemade bombs," according to Tunisian anti-terrorism spokesman Sofiene Sliti.

    https://www.dw.com/en/german-prosec...terror-bombing-against-unbelievers/a-44949132
     
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    Cologne ricin plotters bought a hamster to test biological weapon :eek::eek::eek:

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    Funny how these hypocritical notaries are willing to marry a rat to a Western woman, knowing it will bring money into the country via bezness....but when it's a woman and a Western male...they suddenly develop principles:

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    Despite the law now being on their side, Zeineb, a Tunisian woman, and her Italian fiance Sergio cannot find a local notary to marry them unless he converts to Islam.
    "I never imagined that marrying a non-Muslim could be so complicated," 40-year-old Zeineb told AFP in her northern city of Hammamet.

    A ban on marriage between a Muslim woman and non-Muslim man, unless he converts, is common in Arab countries.

    Such legislation in Tunisia, which dated to 1973, was scrapped in September 2017 at the initiative of President Beji Caid Essebsi.



    But Zeineb and Sergio, a 68-year-old factory director, cannot find a notary in the whole of Hammamet to tie the knot, with officials declining out of "religious convictions".

    "I've contacted many notaries and they've all refused to marry me because my partner is a non-Muslim. Some of them said that conducting such a marriage was against their principles and their conviction," explained Zeineb.

    Sergio was baffled.

    "The law allows me to marry a Tunisian woman without me having to convert to Islam but the people who are supposed to help with my marriage are preventing me from exercising my right," he said.

    The couple decided back in June to get married and have prepared all the paperwork - but so far to no avail.

    Two of the reluctant notaries in Hammamet, contacted by AFP, said they had yet to receive or read through the new regulations on such marriages.

    But, according to the local affairs ministry, regional and municipal authorities across Tunisia have been sent the new text.

    'Irresponsible' notaries

    Rights groups have stepped in to demand an end to such obstruction by notaries.

    The justice ministry should take "strong action against those who do not apply the law", the Tunisian association for the rights of minorities said in a statement.

    The association has found at least two other cases this month which match the circumstances of Zeineb and Sergio.

    Yamina Thabet, the group's president, told AFP the ministry should "force all notaries to apply the law" and accused some legal professionals of "putting their religious conviction before the law".

    Tunisian human rights activist and lawmaker Bochra Belhaj Hmida said such action was "irresponsible".

    Tunisia has long been seen as a pioneer for women's rights in the Arab world, but campaigners say civil society is still torn between conservative and progressive camps despite the aspirations for change born of the country's 2011 revolution.

    Hundreds of people demonstrated last Friday in Tunisia against proposed reforms opposed by conservative Muslims, which include equal inheritance rights for women and decriminalising homosexuality.

    A commission set up by Essebsi to bring the legal code in line with the 2014 constitution, adopted after the revolution, unveiled a raft of proposed reforms in June.

    The proposals have been rejected by a coalition of religious groups.

    https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/couples-in-tunisia-unable-to-wed-despite-law-change-20180807
     
  25. Mango Chutney

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    Very disappointing to see how many women protest these potential changes, that would ensure their daughters and granddaughters etc a better, fairer, happier quality of life :(

    Tunisian fundamentalists protest report on sexual equality
    By ASSOCIATED PRESS

    PUBLISHED: 16:38, 11 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:43, 11 August 2018



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    BARDO, Tunisia (AP) - Thousands of Muslim fundamentalists protested Saturday in front of the nation's parliament to decry proposals in a government report on gender equality that they claim are contrary to Islam.

    Men and veiled women marched under a blazing sun from Tunis to Bardo, outside the capital where the parliament is located, to protest the report by the Commission of Individual Liberties and Equality. The report, among other things, calls for legalizing homosexuality and giving the sexes equal inheritance rights.

    Security was heavy during the protest, which remained calm despite the anger the report has triggered. The crowd, who came from towns around Tunisia, cried out "Allahu akbar (God is great)" as they marched.

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    The protest was organized by the National Coordination for the Defense of the Quran, the Constitution and Equitable Development.

    The commission was put in place a year ago by President Beji Caid Essebsi, who is expected to speak about it on Monday, Women's Day in Tunisia. It was not immediately clear whether the proposals would eventually be put before parliament.

    The North African nation has, since its independence from France in 1956, been a standard-bearer in the Muslim world for women's rights. But the proposals in the 300-page report, known as the Colibe report, would take human rights, including women's rights, to another level. It proposes to end the death penalty and legalize homosexuality, which the current penal code outlaws and punishes with three years in prison.

    The equal inheritance proposal is an abrupt change from current practices, which see males in a family receiving double the inheritance of females.

    The topics touching on sensitive areas have riled Muslims who embrace a literal reading of the Quran, the Muslim holy book.

    "I'm here to defend the word of God and oppose any projects that harm the Islamic identity of our people," said Kamel Raissi, a 65-year-old retiree.

    "We totally reject the Colibe report which contains an underhanded hate for Islam," said Abdellatif Oueslati, a nurse from Jendouba, 155 kilometers (95 miles) west of Tunis.

    The authors of the report say the proposals conform with the nation's 2014 Constitution and international human rights obligations.

    "They in no way contravene Islamic precepts, but embody an enlightened reading of these precepts, which put them in step with the evolution of society," said Abdelmajid Charfi, a university professor who is one of the report's authors.

    Protesters at Saturday's rally were not convinced.

    Tarek Azouz worried that the proposals amounted to a "wish to destroy moral values" by legalizing homosexuality. If acted upon, he said, "we'll end up with gay marriage."

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    Elaine Ganley in Paris contributed.

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap...entalists-protest-report-sexual-equality.html

    https://punchng.com/tunisians-protest-against-proposed-reforms-on-womens-rights/

    http://m.france24.com/en/video/20180811-thousands-protest-tunisia-report-sexual-equality
     
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