Tunisia.. Detention of former Prime Minister in fight against terrorism

SHARJAH – Omama Yasser – Tunisian anti-terrorist police decided to detain former prime minister and Ennahda party leader Ali al-Arayed for several hours after questioning him on suspicion of sending militants to Syria, lawyers said.

Lawyer Mukhtar al-Jamaa confirmed to Reuters that al-Arayed will appear before a judge at an anti-terrorism poll on Wednesday.

In the same case, the police postponed an investigation with the Ennahda president and released Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi until midnight on Tuesday after waiting for about 14 hours in the Bochou barracks on Monday.

In August, authorities arrested several former security officials and two members of the Ennahda movement, including former Ennahda leader and private airline owner Mohamed Farikha, on charges related to the militants’ travel to Tunisia to fight in Syria.

In previous years, security and official sources have estimated that around 6,000 Tunisians have moved to Syria and Iraq to join militant groups, including ISIS, in the past decade.

Parties in Tunisia have accused Ennahda of being soft on extremists during his post-revolution rule and urging youths to fight in Syria, which the party has consistently denied.

Rasha Mohammed

Editor of the Arab and International Affairs section of Akhbar Al-Youm newspaper. She holds a BA in Mass Communication – Cairo University with very good grades. She holds a Diploma in Journalistic Translation from American University.

Mojtaba Sadira

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