Tunis — Outside the courthouse, 16
armed police officers screen all comers, including hundreds of lawyers
in flowing black robes. Beyond a wall of barbed wire, a throng of
bearded young men angrily shout slogans. The scene sends a clear
message: Could be trouble here.
The subject of all this attention is a short, hyperactive,
wise-cracking TV mogul who smokes fat stogies, has 25 bodyguards on his
payroll and is on trial over charges of libeling Islam.