(MENAFN - Arab News) Tunis: tunisia's public prosecutor appealed a seven-year jail term on monday for two policemen jailed for rape and demanded a retrial with a view to seeking tougher sentences
The prosecution insists on characterizing the facts as 'sex under duress with the threat of violence under paragraph 227 of the penal code article 1" his spokesman sofiene sliti told afp. the article provides for capital punishment but sliti did not indicate whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty
The two policemen were convicted on march 31 of raping a young woman and sentenced to seven years in prison in a case that captured international attention
The policemen had denied the charge instead accusing the woman of seeking to have sex with them
A third officer was given two years for trying to extort money from the woman's boyfriend. sliti said the court had not taken into account the use of violence and that the defendants had also benefited from extenuating circumstances under article 53 of the penal code despite these not being explained. lawyers for the victim and several human rights and women's organizations denounced the original sentences as too lenient
The defendants said they had found the woman and her boyfriend having sex in their car in a tunis suburb
According to the charges they took the woman to a police car where two of them took turns to rape her while the third tried to extort money from her fiance at a bank cash point.