Tunisia: Bardo attack suspect Touil to remain in jail

'High risk of escape', say judges; defense may appeal

16 June, 19:03

    (ANSAmed) - MILAN, JUNE 16 - Abdel Majid Touil, a 22-year-old Moroccan arrested on the request of Tunisian authorities on May 19 on suspicion of being behind an attack on the Bardo museum, will remain behind bars.

    The Milan Fifth Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a request to change Touil's current detention into mandatory residence in the Gaggiano municipality as requested by his defense lawyer Silvio Fiorentino, citing high risk of escape.

    The lawyer may file an appeal. Given that the crimes the Tunis-born Touil is accused of are socially dangerous - and in line with deputy prosecutor general Piero De Petris's stance - the court rejected the appeal filed in late May. The request had been for the Moroccan to be able to go home to where he lived in Gaggiano with his mother and brothers prior to the arrest and be placed under house arrest. The young man said on Monday during the hearing that he had ''faith in the Italian justice system'' and that he wanted to be judged in Italy and not extradited.(ANSAmed).

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