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Seven given life sentences over 2015 Tunisia attacks

Around 60 people died in two attacks targeting tourists.

The Palace of Justice in Tunis (AP)
The Palace of Justice in Tunis (AP)

Tunisian authorities have given seven suspects life terms and handed out other sentences after a trial over two separate attacks that killed around 60 people in 2015 – mainly tourists.

Samir Ben Amor, a lawyer for one of the 44 defendants, said the verdicts were handed down over the deadly attack against the country’s famous Bardo Museum and a massacre at a popular seaside resort.

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Defence lawyer Imen Triqui (AP)

He said other defendants received jail terms ranging from 16 years to six months, while charges against 27 of the suspects were dismissed.

No-one received the maximum penalty of capital punishment.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attacks, which, along with an attack on the Imperial Hotel, devastated the country’s vital tourism sector and prompted foreign governments to issue travel warnings.

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