Tunisia: five sentenced to death for killing 11-year-old

Rabbi al-Naffeti was kidnapped, molested, raped, murdered then disposed in a plastic bag

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A Tunisian court on Monday sentenced five people to death for the murder of an 11-year-old in the northern city of Bizerte in Dec. 2010.

The court also ordered financial compensation of some $104,000 for the parents of the victim, reported Assabah News.

The boy, Rabbi al-Naffeti, was kidnapped while on his way to his neighborhood supermarket on Dec. 24, 2010. His body was found a week later in a plastic bag on the side of a road not far from home.

The fourth-grader was reportedly raped, murdered then disfigured, before his body was disposed of.

The case sent shockwaves across Tunisia, especially as it turned out that he was kidnapped by one of his aunts and her then-fiancée (now husband). Another aunt, one of his cousins and another man reportedly participated in the crime.

Naffeti’s story became a nationwide matter as the investigation was sponsored by one of the most viewed TV shows, “Al-Mousaimah Kareem” (“The Forgiver is Generous”).

The parents appeared on the show to call for help in solving their child’s disappearance. The suspects also appeared on TV to rebuff accusations over their involvement. A year later, a witness came forth with evidence.

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