MP Yassine Ayari sentenced to two months in prison
07/12/2018 18:08, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - MP Yassine Ayari told TAP on Friday that the military court sentenced him on appeal to two months in prison.

Ayari, who stated that he assumed liability, said he was ready to serve his sentence. "I voluntarily gave up my parliamentary immunity," he indicated.

Ayari is accused of undermining the morale of the Army on the basis of Article 61 of the Penal Code. The case was reviewed by the Military Court on Thursday.

The deputy, who joined the House of People's Representatives in February 2018, following the by-elections of the Constituency for Tunisians in Germany recalled that he had already been sentenced to three-month imprisonment in the first instance.

He said he was wrongly accused. "The remarks were unfairly attributed to me," he pointed out, adding that "the judicial police have proved that I was not the author".

Ayari indicated that the sentences handed down against him are all in all five months in prison.

He added that he is being prosecuted for another case "still in the investigation phase".

In this respect, he recalled that he had been sentenced by the Military Court to three months' imprisonment in November 2018.

"All the complaints against me concern Facebook posts,” he said.

Amnesty International has called on the Tunisian authorities to overturn the military court's ruling against Yassine Ayari, MP and former blogger.

"Civilians must not be tried in military courts, which is contrary to international human rights law and constitutes a violation of the right to a fair trial," said Amnesty International.

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