In a move widely criticized by Tunisia’s opposition, prominent activist Chaima Issa has been handed a one-year suspended prison sentence by a military court for allegedly insulting President Kais Saied, according to her lawyer, Islem Hamza.
The charges against Issa include accusations of inciting soldiers to disobey orders and insulting President Saied. Issa vehemently denies any wrongdoing.
The charges stem from statements she made, accusing President Saied of attempting to establish “tyranny,” deeming the parliamentary elections in 2022 as futile, and urging the army not to participate.
Tunisia’s opposition views Issa’s sentence as a tactic to stifle criticism against President Saied.