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Debate in Tunisia over Continued House Arrest of Officials

Debate in Tunisia over Continued House Arrest of Officials

Tuesday, 21 September, 2021 - 09:30
Tunisian President Kais Saied. (Reuters)

The Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH) has requested the government to clarify the situation of officials who have been banned from traveling and are under house arrest.


The league said it received several complaints related to the human rights situation in the country, especially after President Kais Saied’s extraordinary moves on July 25.


LTDH chief Jamel Msallam said he submitted a request to the interior ministry to discuss this major human rights issue and identify the reasons behind the decisions taken against several businessmen, government employees and other figures.


However, Msallam said he didn’t receive a reply, describing the decisions as “arbitrary.”


His statements sparked mixed reactions among Tunisians and sharp debate about the continued travel ban against some officials.


Imad al-Ghabri, spokesperson of the Tunis Administrative Court, said 15 of those under house arrest, by order of the interim interior minister Saied appointed, had appealed the decision before the court.


The verdict should be issued in less than a month, he told Asharq Al-Awsat, adding that they were included in the judicial emergency list.


MP Mabrouk Karsheed revealed that the travel ban is being implemented at Tunis-Carthage International Airport.


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