Tunisia detains cartoonist over drawings mocking prime minister

Tunisia’s public prosecutor yesterday detained the cartoonist Tawfiq Omrane over drawings mocking the prime minister, Omrane’s lawyer said, Reuters reported. Omrane is well known for publishing satirical cartoons featuring President Kais Saied, who seized almost all powers two years ago after he shut down Tunisia’s elected parliament in a move that the opposition described as a coup. “The police interrogated him [Omrane] for hours without the presence of lawyers on suspicion of insulting through social networks … over cartoons mocking the prime minister,” his lawyer, Anas Kadoussi, said. Kadoussi said the cartoonist could face one year in prison if convicted. Interior Ministry officials declined to comment immediately. In a Facebook update posted at 1pm GMT Omrane said he had been released. Many […] Source

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