In this Friday, March 2, 2012, file photo, Salafists hold posters showing Osama bin Laden during a demonstration near the U.S. embassy in Tunis, Tunisia. (AP Photo/Amine Landoulsi)
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The first trials of prisoners accused of "terrorism" in Tunisia since the 2011 revolution could open later this month, with 600 defendants facing prosecution, its justice minister said Thursday.According to the justice minister "there are 1,000-1,020 cases linked to terrorism" in Tunisia and "around 600 suspects jailed for terrorism".He said police had arrested between 2,000-3,000 people since the revolution but that most suspects were released due to a lack of evidence.The justice minister said the law had so far failed because of a lack of quorum in parliament where it needs the approval of 109 deputies out of the 217-member national assembly.
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