Tunisian politicians criticize arrest warrant issued against Marzouqi (report)

AA/Tunis/Ala Hammoui – Maher Zaidani

-Al-Amal (Hope) party leader Ahmed Najib Chebbi: “This measure is an indelible shame on the face of the people and the Tunisian state”.

-Political analyst Lamin Bouaziz: The decision is a “scandal” for Tunisia, taken in the backdrop of Marzouqi’s opposition to President Said.

-Mohammed Hamdi, former education minister and leader of the “Democratic Current” party: “The decision has been assimilated into a scandal”.

-King Ben Slama, researcher and director of the National Library: “I call on justice to stand firm against waves of treason charges, as long as they have a different opinion”.

Tunisian politicians on Friday fiercely criticized the international warrant issued by their country’s justice against former President Moncef Marzouqi, calling the measure “deserving of relapse and shame”.

A court in Tunisia on Thursday issued an international arrest warrant against the republic’s former president, Mohamed Monsef Marzouqi, who is currently out of the country, against the backdrop of his statements on the failure to organize the international organization’s summit in Tunisia. . La Francophonie (OIF).

* ” a shame “

The measure was regarded by Ahmed Najib Chebbi, leader of the Al-Amal (Asha) party, as “a shame and an indelible stain on the forehead of the people and the Tunisian state”.

In an interview with Agence Anadolu, Chebbi said that it is “shameful to prosecute a Tunisian citizen who has expressed his opposition to the current President (Kas Sassed)”, expressing his complete solidarity with Monsef Marzouqi. .

Chebby speculates that it is “possible that the decision to issue a warrant against Marzouqi was taken directly, on the orders of President Saud, during the Council of Ministers, during which it was agreed to address the charge of high treason on him (Marzouqi). “.

He called on his country’s judicial authorities to close the Marzouqi case “to avoid accusing him of asserting his independence and of being under the supervision of the Presidency, as well as of preserving rights and freedoms in Tunisia”.

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On 14 October, President Saeed indicated during a meeting with members of his government that “a diplomatic passport would be withdrawn from anyone who resorts to foreign aid to seek help to harm Tunisian interests.” ”, without naming any specific person.

Saeed also underlined that he “will not accept that Tunisia’s sovereignty will be put on the negotiating table”, noting that “only the people are the depositors of sovereignty”.

A day after Saed’s statements, the Tunisian court announced the launch of an investigation into Marzouki’s actions with the aim of canceling the OIF summit, which was initially scheduled for the month of November on the island of Djerba in Tunisia.

The process launched against Marzouqi came after statements made by the former president on the “France 24” channel, in which he prided himself on the “efforts made to derail the summit’s event. The extraordinary declared by Said last July.” To react against the measures.

On 13 October, the OIF announced the postponement by a year of its 18th summit, which was due to take place in Tunisia at the end of November.

The OIF prompted its decision in a press release published on that date, by allowing Tunisia to be able to hold this important meeting “under the best of conditions”.

* “a putschist remedy”

For his part, the Tunisian political analyst, Lamin Bouazzi, described the decision taken against Marzouqi as “a step in the process of affirmative measures”.

Boazzi indicated that “the decision constitutes a disgrace to Tunisia, as it was taken against the background of opposition to President Sazed”.

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“Each time, Saed’s hold on all state secrets is confirmed, including his supremacy over the judiciary, especially after his swift response to a request to issue a warrant against Marzouqi”, he speculated.

And Bouazzi continued: “The justice issued the judgment without hearing or meeting the accused, as if no summons had been sent to Marzouqi to defend himself”.

“This nonsense has not happened even in the most autocratic regimes, and it has not been recorded in the era of the late President Ben Ali (1987-2011),” he said.

Boazzi considered that “justice should be more independent and should not give up on its responsibilities, as all three powers are now united in the hands of the President. This is a confirmation of what happened on July 25.”

For his part, Mohamed Hamdi, former education minister and leader of the “Democratic Current” party, described the issuance of an international arrest warrant against Marzouqi as a “shame”.

In a publication posted on his “Facebook” account, Hamdi conceded that the decision would “malign our country’s image abroad”.

For his part, the director and researcher of the National (Public) Library, King Ben Slama, underlined that “if the information on the issuance of the warrant against former President Moncef Marzouqi is accurate, it is a serious deterioration in the independence of the country”.

In a post published on his “Facebook” page, Ben Slama called for justice to “stand firm against waves of people accusing people of treason as long as they have a different opinion”.

For his part, Mohamed Ali Baughadiri, deputy general secretary of the General Tunisian Labor Union (UGTT), considered that “Marzouqi has tarnished Tunisia’s image”.

In a radio statement made on Friday, the trade union official insisted that “no civilian, worthy and patriotic, accepts this attack”.

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In a statement to the media, the investigative judge responsible for the Marzouqi case accused the former president of “conspiracy against the internal and external security of the state”.

Commenting on the decision, in statements broadcast by the Qatari news channel “Al-Jazeera”, Marzouqi said “this decision on the part of the Tunisian authorities should not be surprising”.

“This is a predictable measure,” he said, adding that “the mandate to bring against them is a threatening message to all Tunisians”.

Marzouqi told the channel “France 24” that it is “proud to have intervened with the French authorities to postpone the holding of the Francophonie summit in Tunisia, as the holding of the summit in a country that is on the verge of a coup.” Remains. etat is the support of dictatorship and autocracy”.

Tunisia has been battling a serious political crisis since July 25. On the evening of 25 July, Saed had taken a series of extraordinary decisions, notably suspending the work of Parliament and lifting the immunity enjoyed by deputies.

He also repealed the body for control of the constitutionality of laws and decided to legislate by presidential decrees, as he had dismissed the head of government, Hichem Mechichi, from his post.

The majority of Tunisian political forces rejected Saeed’s decisions, which it considers a “coup against the constitution”, while other parties support them, believing it to be the “resumption of the revolution process” of 2011, which led to the regime. Former president, Jin al-Abidin Ben Ali.

* Hatem Kattou. translated from Arabic by

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