Tunisia: Lawyer on Trial at a Military Court: Najet Laabidi

Human rights lawyer Najet Laabidi faces trial before a military court on charges of “insulting a public official while performing their duty”. She risks up to two years in prison. The trial is a result of a complaint filed by a military judge who was presiding over the trial of former regime officials being prosecuted for torture. As the defense lawyer for victims of torture in this case, Laabidi flagged a number of violations during her pleading and questioned the impartiality of the military judge. The military judge subsequently filed complaints against Laabidi in 2015. She appeared in front of the military court and is awaiting a verdict on 12 March 2020.

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