TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Influential Tunisian Islamist chief Rached Ghannouchi was detained Monday after a police search, in accordance with his lawyer, in a transfer denounced by his supporters as a stepped-up effort by the president to quash Tunisia’s opposition.
The transfer in opposition to the 81-year-old former parliament speaker comes amid rising social tensions and deepening economic troubles in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring pro-democracy motion greater than a decade in the past.
Ghannouchi, head of the Ennahdha social gathering, is probably the most distinguished critic of Tunisian President Kais Saied. Whereas he has been detained for questioning up to now and launched, his supporters described Monday’s motion as a extra critical step.
Police entered his home for a prolonged search and introduced him to the El Aouina jail within the east of the capital, his lawyer Nejib Chebbi informed The Related Press.
Ennahdha known as for his launch, saying in an announcement that it it “condemns this very harmful growth.”
Tunisia’s official TAP information company reported that he was detained on a warrant by counterterrorism prosecutors as a part of an investigation into latest “provocative” feedback. It didn’t elaborate.
Different Tunisian media reported that Ghannouchi was to be questioned over a video circulating on-line through which he purportedly says that the president’s perceived efforts to “eradicate” Islamist opposition threaten to unleash civil warfare.
Ghannouchi has been detained earlier than for questioning on suspicion of cash laundering and terrorism financing by a charity. He has denied wrongdoing and his social gathering says the accusations are politically pushed.
His daughter Yusra stated her father had cooperated with police throughout previous detentions, and lamented that the president “ordered a raid on his home and his arrest after sunset throughout probably the most holy evening of Ramadan.”
Islamist lawyer Ines Harrath questioned why he wasn’t summoned for questioning throughout regular working hours. “We’re not residing in a state of regulation,” she stated. ‘’The present state of affairs can’t final perpetually.”
Saied shut down the Ennahdha-led parliament in 2021 and has since moved to consolidate energy amid rising public disillusionment with Tunisia’s democracy.