A court has released the publisher of a Tunisian newspaper accused of violating public morals by publishing a photo of a naked woman, pending a verdict in the case.
The Attounisia daily printed a photograph of German-Tunisian football player Sami Khedira of Real Madrid dressed in a tuxedo with his hands covering the breasts of his otherwise naked German model girlfriend, Lena Gercke.
Publisher Nasreddine Ben Saida was released Thursday while he awaits a verdict in the case, expected 8 March.
Though Tunisia is not as conservative as its neighbours, it was unusual for the newspaper to run such a photo.
Since the downfall last year of Tunisia's secular dictator, there has been a newly visible ultraconservative Islamist movement that has clashed with the more aggressively secular elements of society.