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Cafe fined after staying open during Ramadan, owner detained

A cafe owner in Tunisia has been fined and given a one-month suspended sentence after staying open during the hours of daylight this Ramadan.

Human Rights Watch has described the sentence as an arbitrary use of criminal law.

The group says that Imed Zaghouani was detained for ten days in prison before appearing in court.

There are no laws in Tunisia requiring cafes to close during Ramadan.

The Tunisian authorities say that Mr Zaghoauni was arrested when he became verbally abusive towards police – he says that he has been harassed in previous years for keeping his cafe open during Ramadan.

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