Nabil Karoui, one of Tunisia’s leading presidential candidates arrested

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Tunisian authorities on Friday arrested presidential candidate Nabil Karoui, founder of Nessma TV and one of the country’s leading candidates, a month and a half after he was charged with money laundering, less than a month before the presidential election.

In addition, the Tunisian High Independent Authority for Audiovisual Communication prevented Nessma from covering election campaigns.

Karoui, head of the “Heart of Tunisia” party, is a strong contender for Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, the candidate of the “Long Live Tunisia” party, which has a strong chance of winning the presidency.

“Fifteen police vehicles blocked the road and rushed towards the car of Nabil Karoui before being asked to accompany them by armed police in civilian clothes,” said Khelifi, a member of the “Heart of Tunisia” party.

– “Kidnapping” –

“It was a kidnapping, not an arrest,” he said, noting that Karoui was returning to Beja, where he once again opened an office for his party, “The Heart of Tunisia.”

The Tunisian Interior Ministry confirmed the arrest of Karoui in a statement that “pursuant to a felon issued by a Tunis appeals court against Nabil Karoui, a team of the General Directorate of National Security on Friday (August 23rd) took over the Tunis-Béja highway.”

The statement added that Karoui “complied with the security units that took charge of the application of the legal procedures applicable in such cases and deposited civil prison in Mornaguia.”

According to a private radio station “Mosaic” on Friday, citing a judicial source that an arrest warrant was issued against Nabil Karoui and his brother Ghazi on charges of “money laundering.”

Nabil and Ghazi al-Qarawi are the target of a judicial investigation by the judicial and financial authorities since 2017, following a case brought against them by the organization “I am awake” for tax fraud.

The villager was charged on July 8 with “money laundering” and his property and assets were frozen and prevented from traveling abroad to this day.

The Independent High Commission for Audiovisual Communication decided to ban three local media organizations, including Nessma TV, from covering the election campaigns.

– Khalil Tunis is suspended.

“The joint decision was taken between the Higher Independent Commission for Audiovisual Communication and the Higher Independent Electoral Commission,” Nouri Al-Lajmi told AFP.

Al-Qarawi, who leads many polls of intentions, said recently that he was exposed to campaigns aimed at hitting his growing popularity.

The announcement of his candidacy for the presidential elections has alarmed the ruling circles to the extent that the parliament approved in June an amendment to the electoral law submitted by the prime minister, which provides for the rejection and cancellation of the candidacy of all those found to have benefited from prohibited acts on political parties during the year before the elections, whether legislative or presidential. .

However, the late President Beji Caid Essebsi did not sign the amendment of the law, leaving the door open for the villager to participate.

In recent years, Nabil Karoui has been able to carve out the image of a charity entrepreneur by distributing subsidies to families and people living in poverty in the interior of the country.

The weekly television program “Khalil Tounes” (after the name of his son who died in a traffic accident in 2016), which broadcasts weekly on his channel “Nessma” played a major role in this.

The villager travels between the isolated villages of Tunisia with a youthful appearance, white hair and delicate height.

He was called for early presidential elections in Tunisia after the death of President Essebsi, the first democratically elected president by universal suffrage in Tunisia’s modern history.

On Thursday, the witness temporarily delegated his powers to a minister throughout the campaign for early presidential elections.

The mandate expires at the end of the election campaign, which begins on the second of September and ends on the 13 of the same month.

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