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Title: INFORMATION UPDATE: Scholars at Risk welcomes the acquittal of Dean Habib Kazdaghli of Tunisia
Publication: SAR Press Release
Author: Scholars at Risk
May 03, 2013
Scholars at Risk welcomes the news that Dr. Habib Kazdaghli, Dean of the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Humanities at the University of Manouba, Tunisia, was acquitted of all charges on May 2, 2013.
Dean Kazdaghli had been charged with “violence perpetrated by a civil servant in the course of his duties” under Article 101 of the Penal Law, with a possible punishment of five years imprisonment. These charges arose from an incident on March 6, 2012, after two students -- who forcibly and without permission entered and disrupted the Dean’s office -- had accused the Dean of slapping one of them. Dean Kazdaghli repeatedly denied the charges and was acquitted yesterday. The students were reportedly convicted of damaging property and interfering with a public official and given a suspended sentence.
Scholars at Risk joined many others in advocating on Dean Kazdaghli’s behalf. Many thanks to all who sent letters of appeal on behalf of this and other scholars. For information on SAR’s advocacy work, please visit: http://scholarsatrisk.nyu.edu/Education-Advocacy/Alerts-Scholars-in-Prison.php. For more information on Scholars at Risk, please visit: www.scholarsatrisk.org.