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Berlin ‘worried’ by Tunisia jail term for topless demo

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Germany expressed concern Thursday after a Tunisian court handed four-month jail terms to three European activists with the radical women’s protest group Femen for staging a topless anti-Islamist demonstration.

“The foreign ministry is worried about the imposition of this prison sentence,” a ministry spokeswoman said, highlighting the three women would appeal.

“The Germany embassy in Tunis will continue to provide consular assistance to the German national and to closely follow the procedure,” she added.

The three women, Marguerite Stern and Pauline Hillier from France and Josephine Markmann from Germany, staged their bare-breasted protest on May 29, a first in the Arab world by Femen activists.

Their protest outside the main courthouse in Tunis was to show support for Amina Sboui, a Tunisian activist with the same “sextremist” group who had been arrested 10 days earlier.

Germany’s top human rights envoy will travel to Tunisia to visit the three detained European women, a foreign ministry source said.