< /p> UPDATE DAY
The leader of the Tunisian Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party, Rached Ghannouchi, arrived at the anti-terrorism center on Tuesday to be questioned by an investigating judge, a few days before a referendum proposed by the president of which Ennahdha is the black beast.
More than twenty security vans were parked in front of the headquarters of this specialized center where about 150 Ennahdha militants were gathered in support of their leader, noted AFP journalists.
His supporters cheered his name as he entered the building, making the V for victory. “Stop Political Trials” (stop the political trials), indicated in English and Arabic the placards held up by the demonstrators.
Mr. Ghannouchi, 81, has been under investigation since June on suspicion of corruption and money laundering linked to transfers from abroad to the Ennahdha-affiliated charity Namaa Tunisie.
As part of the same investigation, Tunisian justice arrested and released last month the former Prime Minister and leader of Ennahdha, Hamadi Jebali, who remains suspected of “money laundering” and will have to appear on July 20. before the judicial pole.
At the beginning of July, justice ordered the freezing of the bank accounts of Mr. Ghannouchi and a dozen members of his family and his party within the framework of this investigation.< /p>
Separately, on June 27, judicial authorities banned Mr. Ghannouchi from traveling abroad as part of another investigation into the 2013 assassinations of two left-wing leaders.
Ennahdha and Mr. Ghannouchi have rejected all charges against them.
Tunisia has been going through a deep political crisis since President Kais Saied's July 25, 2021 coup that suspended the Ennahdha-dominated Parliament and sacked the government, shaking the fledgling democracy in the country that was the cradle of the Arab Spring.
Mr. Saied is under intense fire from the opposition for having excluded him from a national dialogue on a new constitution which he plans to submit to a referendum on July 25.
The opposition of which mainly Ennahdha as well as human rights organizations accuse him of wanting to have a text tailor-made for him adopted and of using state and judicial institutions to settle his accounts politically.