Tunisia presidency slams U.S. criticism over trial
The Tunisian presidency on Tuesday criticized as “unacceptable” Washington’s condemnation of lenient sentences given last week to 20 assailants of the U.S. embassy in Tunis, contradicting earlier comments by the justice minister.
“The [U.S.] comments are out of place, both from the political point of view and from the point of view of our relations with the United States,” presidency spokesman Adnene Manser told private radio station Kalima.
U.S. shocked by light sentences for Salafists who attacked embassy in Tunisia
Special to WorldTribune.com
WASHINGTON — The United States has been concerned over what
officials termed Tunisia’s lenient treatment of Al Qaida supporters.
Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama was stunned
by the two-year suspended sentences handed out by a Tunisian court to 20
Salafists convicted of attacking the U.S. embassy in the North African state
in September 2012.