Tunisia: MP gets one-year jail term for sexual harassment

Women's rights groups express satisfaction

12 November, 17:01

    Rally for women's rights in Tunis Rally for women's rights in Tunis

    TUNIS - A court of first instance in Nabeul, Tunisia, has sentenced to a one-year jail term, effective immediately, lawmaker Zouhair Makhlouf in a sexual harassment case involving a student, according to women's rights associations that quoted the tribunal's spokesperson, Issam Khemiri. The associations expressed satisfaction for the verdict.

    Makhlouf, a former member of the party Qalb Tounes who then moved to the national parliamentary group, was at the center of a scandal in 2019 after a student accused him of sexual harassment. The reported harassment case sparked the movement #EnaZeda ('me too', in Maghrebi Arabic) with a campaign in which women of all ages reported some kind of abuse.

    The case emerged after the publication of a photo of the lawmaker which, according to the person that took it, portrayed him in the act of masturbating inside his car in front of a high school. The charge was denied by Makhlouf, who defended himself by saying that he is diabetic and therefore forced to urinate inside bottles when he is not close to a toilet.

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