Tunisia – International Commission of Jurists calls to cease wave of opponents arrests

The International Commission of Jurists has called on Tunisia to halt all impartial judicial measures which are underway and which are political, and which seek to suppress the opposition.

The Commission recalls that the arrest campaign started, in Tunisia, on February 11, with the arrest of 11 people politicians, lawyers, former ministers, former diplomats, former judges, a director general of a private radio station, a businessman … nine of which are still in detention.

The Commission specifies that the authorities who launched these legal proceedings failed to make the slightest declarations on the causes behind these measures.

The Commission finds that Saïed once again trampled on the principle of the separation of powers that of the independence of justice, and has flouted the principle of the presumption of innocence, and the banning of arbitrary arrests.

The Commission requests the immediate release of all those apprehended, as long as there are no valid accusations against them.

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