Tunisian police on Thursday arrested former Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, who can also be a former senior member within the Ennahda Islamist occasion, on suspicion of cash laundering, his lawyer advised Reuters.
Police within the metropolis of Sousse seized Jebali’s cellphone and his spouse’s cellphone and took him to an unknown location, in line with a press release by his household on Facebook.
The Interior Ministry declined to touch upon Jebali’s arrest. The ministry known as a press convention for Friday, with out giving any particulars.
Jebali’s protection staff mentioned they met him at his detention heart of the investigation into terrorism crimes.
“Jebali told us he will not answer the investigators’ questions and he entered into a hunger strike as the issue has a political motivation and nothing to do with money laundering,” Jebali’s lawyer Mokhtar Jemai mentioned.
Ennahda was the largest occasion in Tunisia’s parliament earlier than President Kais Saied dissolved the meeting and seized government powers final yr, a transfer the occasion and different critics condemned as a coup. Saied mentioned the transfer was momentary and was wanted to avoid wasting Tunisia from what he noticed as a corrupt, self-serving elite.
“The president is personally responsible for Jebali’s physical and psychological well-being,” his household mentioned within the Facebook publish, and known as on civil society and human rights organizations “to stand up against these repressive practices.”
Jebali was prime minister in 2012 and resigned in 2013 following a political disaster.
Earlier this yr, police arrested Noureddine Bhairi, the vp of Ennahda occasion for greater than two months earlier than releasing him with none costs being introduced.