After being raped and tortured by the French military while in their custody, Djamila Bouhired, a militant in the War for Algerian Independence, is found guilty by a military tribunal of bombing a café that killed 11. She is sentenced to death by the guillotine. Her lawyer, the famous attorney activist Jacques Vergès, mounts a publicity campaign in France and Algeria against the verdict. Princess Laila Ayesha of Morocco, which is another French colony, will plead for Bouhired's life to the President of France, René Coty. Coty will commute the death sentence to life imprisonment. Bouhired will be freed at the end of the war, when Algeria achieves independence, in 1962.