Three European feminist activists who were jailed after a topless courthouse protest in Tunisia last month were freed overnight and have left Tunisia.

The two French and a German member of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen maintained during the trial that there was nothing sexual or offensive about their protest and that it was only to support their imprisoned Tunisian colleague.

The three women had been convicted and sentenced to four months and a day of prison for public indecency, offending public morals and threatening public order after they demonstrated topless in front of the court building on May 29 on behalf of Amina Sboui.

The protest was the first of its kind in the Middle East for Femen, which has used nudity to push for womens' rights.