Tunisia-11 officials from these 3 ministries are suspected of passport forgery

The unit specialising in terrorist crimes, on Tuesday, referred to the Prosecutor’s Office at the Judicial Counter-Terrorism Division the outcome of the investigations on the case involving the former Tunisian consul in Syria, the former head of the consular office, an official at the civil status department in Tunis and the head of the civil status department under the diplomatic mission in Syria and several other officials.

The latter are suspected of falsifying birth certificates, national identity cards, Tunisian passports and certificates of nationality for citizens of different countries between 2015 and 2019.

According to the information office of the Court of First Instance of Tunis, a judicial investigation was also initiated against 14 people involved in this case including 11 officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Justice.

They are accused of having informed, arranged, facilitated, helped, served as intermediary, organized, by any means, even without consideration, the entry or exit of a person from the Tunisian territory, legally or illegally, whether from the crossing points or others in order to commit terrorist crimes.

Or also to manufacture or falsify a national identity card, passport, other permits or administrative certificates for an organization, terrorist conspiracy or persons in connection with terrorist offenses.

Other charges include a conspiracy to prepare or commit an attack against persons or property and use by any public or similar official, of his capacity and this fact to obtain for himself or a third party an unjustified advantage, causing harm to the administration or contravening the regulations governing these operations in order to achieve the above-mentioned advantage or harm.

The information office of the Court of First Instance of Tunis said investigations in this case are ongoing.


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