Protesters burn US flag during an anti US demonstration near the US Embassy, Tunis, Tunisia
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Defense lawyers say Tunisian authorities are seeking the death penalty against several suspects who have been detained over attacks on the U.S. Embassy and the neighboring American school last month.
Anouar Ouled Ali and Mondher Charni said Thursday that several of the 87 people now held in custody risk capital punishment on charges including attacks against state security. The Sept. 14 violence came amid roiling protests across the Muslim world over a private U.S.-produced film that mocked the Prophet Muhammad.
Several thousand demonstrators stormed the U.S. Embassy compound, tore down the American flag and looted and burned buildings. Police responded with gunshots and tear gas. Four demonstrators died and scores of people were injured, including security forces.
Tunisia's governing moderate Islamist party condemned the attacks on the U.S. sites.