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Tunisia: MP Mohamed Affes announces his decision to surrender to military justice


Tunisian parliamentarian Mohamed Affes announced on Monday that he had surrendered to military justice, 9 months after his run, against the background of his accusation in the case known in the media by “the airport case”.

This was revealed by the leader of the Al Karama Coalition (18 out of 217), in a video posted on Facebook.

“Today, after the failure of the coup supporters (referring to President Kais Saied’s supporters’ sit-in demanding accountability), I decided to go to the military tribunal. Nine months disappearances were not easy. On the contrary, I witnessed security raids against all my relatives. I remained hidden, hoping for an end to the coup and a rejection in principle of military trials for civilians, he explained.

And to add, “the case is not related to corruption or bribery, but rather to intellectual matters and the exercise of my parliamentary functions (…) the civil justice maintained the same case against me and took over other fabricated court cases in connection with the coup.”

On Sunday, dozens of supporters of President Kais Saied staged a sit-in protest in the center of the capital, Tunis, demanding the achievement of the July 25 goals, and holding the corrupt to account.

On July 31, Tunisian military justice issued arrest warrants against 4 deputies of the Al Karama Coalition, namely Seif El-Din Makhlouf, Abdellatif Aloui, Mohamed Affes and Maher Zaid, in the case known in the media by “l ‘airport affair’.

Last March, Al Karama deputies intervened in favor of a woman banned from traveling under the S17 procedure and clashed with security forces at the airport, trying to force them to let her take the plane.

The S17 procedure was implemented in 2013 as part of the national plan to combat terrorism.

Tunisia has been in the grip of a serious political crisis since Saïed decided on July 25 to dismiss the Head of Government, Hichem Mechichi, and to freeze the powers of Parliament for a period of 30 days, within the framework of exceptional measures, justified by the deterioration of the economic situation and the inability of the executive to manage the pandemic crisis.

Some political parties, including the Ennahdha movement, considered the said measures a “coup against the Constitution”, while others were in favor of it, considering it to be a “rectification of the revolutionary process “.

*Translated from Arabic by Wejden Jlassi

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