SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 28 September 2022, Wednesday |

Tunisia military court frees two opposition lawmakers

Amidst growing concerns over human rights abuses after President Kais Saied seized power last year, a Tunisian military court has released Seifeddine Makhlouf, head of the conservative Karama Party, and another party member, Nidal Saudi.

Both Makhlouf and Saudi were arrested in September last year and charged with assaulting policemen.

“The Public Prosecution asked the court to renew their imprisonment, but the military court refused the request and ordered their released.

On 25 July 2021, Saied dismissed the prime minister, suspended parliament, and assumed all governing powers, a move described by Tunisian opposition parties as a coup.

Since Saied’s intervention, several senior politicians and business leaders have been detained or prosecuted, many of them on charges of corruption or defamation.

Human rights groups have criticised some of the arrests and the use of military courts to prosecute cases.

Saied has promised to uphold the rights and freedoms won in Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, which ushered in democracy and triggered the “Arab Spring” uprisings across the region.