Tunisian parliamentarian detained over suspected tax fraud, cash laundering

Tunisian Tunisian Tunisian Tunisian Tunisian Tunisian A Tunisian court docket on Sunday ordered a lawmaker to be detained over suspected – the fourth parliamentarian to be taken into custody since President Kais Saied seized close to whole management of the nation in July.

Mehdi Ben Gharbia, a businessman and former minister, is a member of the Tahya Tounes social gathering headed by former prime minister Youssef Chahed, who was dismissed by Saied.

Ben Gharbia’s lawyer couldn’t instantly be contacted for remark.

Saied’s intervention, and pledge to clamp down on corruption, following years of financial stagnation and political paralysis has been welcomed by many Tunisians.

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Saied, who has additionally suspended parliament and lifted lawmakers’ immunity from prosecution, final week unveiled a brand new authorities headed by Najla Bouden. Below guidelines he introduced final month, it can finally reply to him quite than to Bouden.

However critics have labelled it a coup that has undermined democratic positive aspects made for the reason that nation’s 2011 revolution, which ended autocratic rule and triggered the Arab spring.

Saied has promised to uphold rights and freedoms however has given no indication of when he’ll relinquish his new powers.

Not one of the different three lawmakers at present detained in jail have been formally charged with an offence. Two have been accused of insulting police. Their lawyer described their detentions as political.

The third legislator is accused of corruption in reference to a phosphate contract.


Arab Observer

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