Tunisian presidential candidate Nabil Karoui arrested (ministry)

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Tunisia’s presidential candidate Nabil Karoui, the founder of Nessma TV, was arrested on a road to Beja in the northwest of the country, a month and a half after he was charged with money laundering, the interior ministry said.

Earlier in the day, the High Independent Commission for Audiovisual Communication in Tunisia banned the private channel “Nessma”, which was founded by Karoui, from covering election campaigns.

“Pursuant to a petition issued by a Tunis appeals court against Nabil Karoui, a team of the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) on Friday (August 23rd) took over the Tunis-Béja highway stop,” a statement from the interior ministry said.

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.”

“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.

“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.”

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.

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

It accuses Nessma of “positioning in order to influence the joints of the state.”

The announcement of his candidacy for the presidential elections has alarmed government 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 anyone found to be benefiting 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.

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