Colleagues of the Tunisian policewoman whose alleged slap was one of the triggers for the Tunisian revolution have celebrated the dismissal of her trial.
Fadia Hamdi has always denied striking the hero of the uprising, Mohamed Bouazizi, when police stopped him selling fruit and vegetables in a market in Tunis.
Bouazizi, an unemployed university graduate, was attempting to support his widowed mother and seven siblings when his goods were confiscated because he had no licence to trade, and refused to pay a bribe.
He set himself on fire in protest on December 17 last year, dying of his wounds later in hospital. By then the nation was up in arms, his portrait carried in demonstrations as Tunisia’s poor and underclass identified with his plight.
Hamdi had been in detention since the events, but as the trial began Bouazizi’s mother withdrew her complaint in what she called a gesture of national reconciliation. The main square in Tunis has since been renamed after her son.