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Man Convicted of Abusing, Then Killing 12 Children

May 26, 1990

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) _ A man who admitted molesting and killing 12 children over a four-year period and hiding some of the bodies in abandoned wells has been convicted of murder and sentenced to hang.

The man’s arrest in December and his conviction Thursday ended a traumatic time for the nation, where the string of child killings was unprecedented.

The victims, nine boys and three girls, were between 9 and 13 years old. Many of the victims’ parents demanded a public hanging.

The killer, 45-year-old Naceur Ben Allala Damergi, admitted the crimes and showed investigators where the victims’ bodies were hidden, mostly in pastures and unused wells.

No death sentence has been carried out in Tunisia for two years.

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