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Tunisia publisher arrested for nude photo released

Publisher who ran photo of footballer's naked girlfriend has been released pending verdict by Tunisian court

AP , Thursday 23 Feb 2012
Part of the photo reprinted in Tunisia's Attounisia daily of German-Tunisian football player Sami Khedira holding his naked model girlfriend Lena Gercke, (Photo: GQ magazine cover).

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.

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