MADRID, 1 Jun. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Tunisian Anti-Terrorist Judicial Center Prosecutor’s Office opened a new investigation on Wednesday against 21 opponents of Tunisian President Kais Saied, accused of conspiring against state security.
Among those investigated are the leader of the Islamist Ennahda party, Rachid Ghanuchi, who has been detained since mid-April, former Prime Minister Ali Larayedh, and other members of the opposition party, reports the Tunisie Numerique radio station.
The list also includes the former head of the office of the Presidency Nadia Akacha, who resigned from office in January 2022 due to “fundamental differences in points of view” with the president; the former head of Government Youssef Chahed, or security personnel and the media.
The Tunisian Justice sentenced Ghanuchi in mid-May to one year in prison and a fine of 1,000 dinars (almost 3,000 euros) for statements made in 2022 in which he spoke of “tyrants” in an alleged reference to police officers. He is charged with glorifying terrorism, although Ghanuchi, who was arrested on April 17, is still facing other trials for these same crimes, due to different statements made in the last year.
The opposition, mostly united around the National Salvation Front, has denounced the authoritarian drift of the president and has demanded his resignation, especially after his call for a boycott in the December and January legislatures resulted in a participation rate close to ten percent.
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