Tuesday, May 17

Tunisia: the head of Parliament and 18 politicians summoned by justice

(Belga) Tunisian justice decided on Wednesday to try 19 political figures, including the head of parliament and president of the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party, Rached Ghannouchi, and former president Moncef Marzouki for electoral offenses, local media said .

These political figures will have to appear before a correctional chamber on January 19, according to a press release from the Tunis court of first instance, taken up by these media. At the head of the summoned, Rached Ghannouchi, in full arm wrestling with President Kais Saied since the latter assumed full powers on July 25, by freezing the Parliament that Ennahdha had dominated for ten years. Contacted by AFP, Ennahdha’s legal official, Zeineb Brahmi, said that no summons had been sent to Mr. Ghannouchi. In the list reported by the media and which includes several former presidential candidates, are former Prime Ministers Elyes Fakhfakh, Mahdi Jomaa and Youssef Chahed, as well as businessman Nabil Karoui, rival of Kais Saied during the presidential election. end of 2019. Mr. Karoui, also leader of the Qalb Tounes party, an ally of Ennahdha, has been in detention since September 2021 in Algeria with his brother for “illegal entry” into the territory. A former advisor to President Béji Caïd Essebsi, businesswoman Salma Elloumi, and Hamma Hamami, a leftist opponent of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, are among the personalities prosecuted in particular for having “illegally benefited from propaganda media, and violating the electoral silence, “according to local media. Former President Moncef Marzouki, already sentenced on December 22 by default to four years in prison for having “undermined the security of the State abroad” after having publicly criticized the policy of Mr. Saied from Paris, is also being prosecuted in this case. Several opponents denounced an instrumentalisation of justice by Mr. Saied as part of a “political settling of accounts”. These lawsuits come in the midst of a political crisis shaking Tunisia and blocking reforms demanded by international donors. (Belga)


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