“We will continue until the truth is fully revealed, the material and moral compensation for the injured is granted, and whoever was involved in this gets prosecuted,” Faleh Mansouri, one of the birdshot victims and a spokesmen for his fellow victims told Meshkal/Nawaat at a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Justice in Tunis on December 13. “The real culprits were neither prosecuted norcharged. We have confidence that our judiciary system will bring us justice eventually but after nine years…some have died, some lost their sight completely and some are at risk of becoming paralyzed.”
Two policemen and two commanders eventually faced criminal charges in a military court for their involvement in the Siliana events but none of them were arrested, according to Mansouri.The government of then Prime Minister Hammadi Jebali announced an inquiry into the events but also said that police forces had been victims of violence as well—an assessment that human rights groups could not confirm. It is unclear whether that inquiry was ever completed, but an assessment by the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights in 2013 found that authorities from the local level to Tunis had made things worse by ignoring or denigrating protesters and later the victims of police violence.