Friday, August 3, 2012

Mother of man who set off Tunisia revolt sentenced

The mother of the fruit-seller whose self-immolation touched off Tunisia's uprising has received a four-month suspended sentence Friday for "verbally assaulting" a judge, after being jailed for a week.

One of Manoubia Bouazizi's sons, Manoubia Bouazizi, touched off Tunisia's revolution - and ultimately the Arab Spring - when he set himself on fire after being slapped by a policewoman reprimanding him for selling fruit without a license.

The 61-year-old woman was jailed a week ago after the argument. Another son, Salem, has said the altercation was exaggerated. He said the judge bumped into her and they exchanged words, but that his mother did not know she was talking to a judge.

Mondher Bedhiafi, a spokesman for Tunisia's department of justice, said the sentence was reduced after the complaint was withdrawn.

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