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Tunisia court drops case against LGBTQ rights activist

Some protestors held placards reading "Down with the Article of shame", referring to Article 230 of Tunisia's penal code which punishes consensual homosexual acts, whether between men or women, with up to three years in prison.
— Tunis (AFP)

A Tunisian court has dropped a long-running, symbolic case against a gay rights activist who faced prison for alleged homosexual acts, a court official and a rights group said.

The appeals court in the central city of Kairouan ruled that the case against activist "Daniel" was null and void, rights group Damj said.

"It's a victory for Daniel and a victory for us," the group told AFP.

Court spokesman Riadh Ben Halima confirmed the ruling, saying it was on the basis of "procedural irregularities, as police had searched his computer without a warrant".

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