Tunisia jails leader of pro-Islamist militia

March 29, 2014 - 5:53:00 am


TUNIS: A leader of a controversial pro-Islamist militia blamed for several violent incidents in Tunisia has been jailed for 14 months for inciting violence and for verbal attacks, a judicial source said yesterday. “The court in Tunis sentenced Imed Dghij to eight months for inciting violence and six months for attacking others on social networks,” the source said.

Dghij, a senior figure with the League for the Protection of the Revolution (LPR), was arrested at the end of February, after threatening the Tunisian authorities in a video posted on the Internet.

“We will not give ourselves up. We will win, and we will die only after we’ve finished with you, is that clear?” said Dghij, who heads the league’s branch in Kram, a suburb of the capital. “Shedding the blood of the security forces” was a legitimate act, he added.

Formed in the aftermath of the January 2011 uprising, supposedly to safeguard the revolution, the LPR has been repeatedly accused of resorting to violence to intimidate its critics, and is seen by many as a ruthless militia with links to the main Islamist party Ennahda.

Its members are suspected of lynching a member of secular party Nidaa Tounes in the southern city of Tataouine in 2012, and of attacking the headquarters of the main UGTT workers union later that year