TUNIS, Tunisia – A Tunisian human rights lawyer says two police officers have been convicted of raping a young woman and sentenced to seven years in prison. A third officer was convicted of extorting money from her fiance.
The officers were convicted late Monday, according to Radhia Nasraoui, who represented the woman in the case, which drew protests in Tunisia after she was accused of violating modesty laws. Those charges were ultimately dropped.
The three police officers came upon the woman and her fiance in a car in September 2012, and two raped her. The third drove her fiance to a cash machine to withdraw money.
The case was closely watched for signs of how Tunisia would define women's rights after the 2011 fall of the secular dictatorship.