A district court in Hammamet, Tunisia, today ordered the detention of a transgender woman who is awaiting a court decision on charges of public indecency and insulting a government official, Kapitalis.com reported.
Attorney Mounir Baatour said that his client, A.K., a trans woman known as Miriam, was arrested in November 2016 during a Halloween party for dressing as a woman. When questioned by the police, A.K. told them she considers herself a woman.
After making this “revelation,” police took A.K. to the police station where she said she was subjected to torture, humiliation and taunting, Baatour said.
The public prosecutor decided to set her free pending trial. Today A.K. appeared before a judge to answer the charges.
Baatour went with A. K. to Hammamet district court where, to his surprise, the judge issued a warrant of committal against A.K., pending a verdict in the case. Baatour said:
“It seems that we are faced with a transphobic judge who has not even taken the trouble to conduct the trial before ordering the detention of my client.”
In 2013, Baatour, a politically active attorney, was himself sentenced to three months in prison after his conviction on a sodomy charge.
Related articles about Mounir Baatour in 2013:
- Tunisia political leader found guilty of having gay sex (Gay Star News)
- 24 days on, Tunisian politician still in jail on sodomy charge (76crimes.com)
- Tunisia politician’s sodomy arrest leads to call for repeal (76crimes.com)
- In Tunisia, gay sex accusations are a political tool (76crimes.com)
- Two men arrested under Tunisian sodomy law (76crimes.com)
More recent articles about LGBT Tunisians:
- Jan. 6 trial in Tunisia for being gay on the street (December 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Tunisian police arrest and humiliate trans youth (November 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Amid democratic reforms, deeper troubles for LGBT Tunisians (October 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Homophobic attack on LGBTI rights defender in Tunisia (August 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Tunisia: Attack targets LGBTQ activist from Shams (April 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Appeal for an end to anti-LGBT campaign in Tunisia (April 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Human rights advocates decry 3-year sentences in Tunisia (December 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Tunisia: Death threats against LGBT activists (December 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Tunisian LGBT rights group under attack (December 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Tunisian justice minister seeks repeal of gay sex ban (September 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Tunisia: Protests against anal exam, sodomy sentence (September 2015, 76crimes.com)