Former National Bar Association head under military investigation – Middle East Monitor

Two Tunisian lawyers confirmed on Friday that the authorities had returned the former head of the National Association of Lawyers Abderrazak Kilani for a military investigation.

Lawyer Hosni Al-Baji posted on Facebook: “My friend and colleague, Abderrazak Kilani, has been referred to the military investigating judge.”

“He was dismissed because of his opinion, which he expressed, that it is not necessary to oblige those responsible for the executive authority, in particular the security officers, with instructions which violate the constitution and the law,” Al-Baji added.

Another lawyer, who asked not to be named, said Kilani: “Received an invitation yesterday through a notification to the office of the head of section of the National Bar Association in Tunis.”

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“The notification did not specify the date of the hearing or the charges against Kilani, provided that the military investigating judge sends a second notification to the National Bar Association to set the date of the hearing and the charges. “, explained the lawyer.

It should be noted that Kilani is a member of the defense committee of MP Noureddine Bhiri, 63, under house arrest.

On January 3, Interior Minister Taoufik Charfeddine announced that Bhiri and former Interior Ministry official Fathi Al-Baldi had been placed under house arrest for “suspicion of terrorism”. The charges related to the illegal issuance of travel documents and Tunisian citizenship to a Syrian national and his wife.

Charfeddine said the Interior Ministry would prosecute anyone involved in the break-in at Menzel Jemil’s security center in Bizerte, where Bhiri was held before being transferred to hospital.

On January 2, Bhiri was transferred to the intensive care unit of a Bizerte hospital after his health deteriorated severely due to a hunger strike protesting his detention since December 31.

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There was no immediate comment from Tunisian authorities regarding Kilani’s case.

Tunisia has been in a political crisis since July 25, when “exceptional measures” were imposed, including the suspension of parliament, the promulgation of laws by presidential decrees, the dismissal of the prime minister and the appointment of a new government. .

Most political forces in Tunisia reject President Kais Saied’s exceptional decisions as a “coup against the constitution”, while other forces support them as a “correction of the course of the 2011 revolution”. , which overthrew former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

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