TUNISIA: FIVE JIHADISTS SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER TEEN BEHEADING
January 10, 2019:
A Tunisian court on 8 January 2019 sentenced five jihadists to death over the 2015 murder of a teenage shepherd. (Sources: france24.com, 09/01/2019)
A total of 49 people were convicted over the murder, including 45 in absentia, the prosecutor's spokesman Sofiene Sliti said.
Five were sentenced to death, one of whom, Borhen Boulaabi, is in custody, while the others were sentenced to between 15 and 36 years in prison.
Mabrouk Soltani, 17, was beheaded as his sheep grazed on Mount Mghilla in central west Tunisia. The details of the murder sparked outrage, with the victim's cousin forced to watch and carry his head to the family home.
Those convicted over Soltani's killing were prosecuted under Tunisia's 2015 anti-terror legislation.
The murder was claimed by the Tunisian branch of the Islamic State group, Jund al-Khilafa, in a video which showed the killing.