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Tunisian ex-PM Jebali arrested on suspicion of money laundering | News

Tunisian ex-PM Jebali arrested on suspicion of money laundering | News

Jebali says the arrest is politically motivated, as President Saied continues his crackdown on opponents.

Tunisian police have arrested former Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, a former senior member of the Ennahdha party, on suspicion of money laundering, his lawyer told Reuters.

Police in the city of Sousse seized the phones of Jebali and his wife, and then took him to an unknown location on Thursday, according to a statement by his family on Facebook.

Jebali’s arrest raises opposition concerns over the human rights situation in Tunisia since President Kais Saied dissolved parliament last July, in a move his opponents called a coup.

The interior ministry declined to comment on Jebali’s arrest. The ministry called a press conference for Friday, without giving any details.

Jebali’s defence team have said they have been able to meet with him at the detention centre where he is being held.

“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 said.

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Ennahdha, which describes itself as a Muslim Democrat party, was previously the biggest party in Tunisia’s parliament.

At the time, Saied said the move to suspend parliament and seize executive powers was temporary and was needed to save Tunisia from what he saw as a corrupt, self-serving elite.

“The president is personally responsible for Jebali’s physical and psychological well-being,” Jebali’s family said in the Facebook post, and called on civil society and human rights organisations “to stand up against these repressive practices”.

Jebali was prime minister in 2012 and resigned in…

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