Tunisia judge issues warrant for questioning of ex-president Marzouki

AFP , Friday 5 Nov 2021

A Tunisian judge on Thursday issued an international warrant to summon Paris-based former president Moncef Marzouki for questioning, state TV reported.

Supporters of Tunisian President Kais Saied
Supporters of Tunisian President Kais Saied chant slogans denouncing Assembly (parliament) speaker and Islamist Annahda party leader Rached Ghannouchi in front of the Parliament which was cordoned-off in the capital Tunis on July 26, 2021. AFP

President Kais Saied in October ordered the justice ministry to open an inquiry into 76-year-old Marzouki, days after the ex-leader urged France not to support Saied's "dictatorial regime".

State television did not give any reasons for Thursday's warrant, and the prosecution was not immediately available for comment.

Marzouki has emerged as a vocal critic of Saied, who on July 25 sacked the government, suspended the legislature and seized control of the judiciary, later moving to rule by decree in the North African nation.

Marzouki, Tunisian leader from 2011-2014, told anti-Saied demonstrators in Paris in October that Saied had "plotted against the revolution and abolished the constitution".

Days later, Saied accused "traitors that seek refuge overseas" of threatening Tunisia's sovereignty, ordered the enquiry against him and revoked his diplomatic passport.

"He is the greatest enemy of Tunisia," Saied said.

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