Faida Hamdy is a municipal inspector who confiscated a vegetable stall and allegedly slapped its owner, Mohamed Bouazizi, on the face. To show his discontent, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire. This event brought about the downfall of the previous Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and contributed to the onset of Arab revolutions.
In December 2010, Hamdy was detained by the police shortly after the incident. According to her, she did not slap him, she just confiscated his fruit stall and his weighing scales with the help of her co-workers.
Several lawyers were opposed to defending Hamdy, but Besma Innasri volunteered to defend her. On April 19, 2011, Hamdy was declared innocent during the first hearing session. Hamdy was acquitted of all charges after 111 days of imprisonment.
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