Detained Tunisian Islamist leader hospitalized, lawyer says

AP , Tuesday 18 Apr 2023

Ennahdha's party leader Rached Ghannouchi was transferred to a hospital Tuesday, a day after he was detained and his home and party headquarters were searched, a lawyer who heads an opposition coalition said.

 Rached Ghannouchi
File Photo: Leader of the Ennahdha party Rached Ghannouchi arrives at Tunisia s anti-terrorism unit in Tunis, Tunisia, Tuesday, July 19, 2022, to be questioned by the country s anti-terrorism unit on suspicion of money laundering and terrorist financing through an association charity. AP


Nejib Chebbi, speaking to The Associated Press, said that neither he nor other lawyers know the reason for Ghannouchi's transfer to the La Marsa hospital, or his condition. Ghannouchi, head of the Ennahdha party, is 82.

Chebbi is the president of the National Salvation Front coalition of which Ennahdha is a member.

Ghannouchi has been detained for questioning a number of times in the past, but the circumstances of his latest detention suggested that this time was more serious.

He served as speaker of Tunisia's parliament until Saied dissolved the body last July.

Police entered Ghannouchi's house Monday night for a lengthy search and brought him to the El Aouina jail in the east of the capital. 

During a news conference shortly thereafter, Ennahdha officials said three other leaders of the Islamist party had been arrested. Police evacuated and searched the party headquarters.

Police also surrounded the offices of the National Salvation Front, stopping party officials from holding a news conference on the circumstances surrounding Ghannouchi's detention.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online

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