Tunisian ex-head of government arrested on suspicion of money laundering

Tunisian police arrest former prime minister Hamadi Jebali on suspicion of money laundering, Reuters reported, citing his lawyer Mokhtara Jemaya.

Jebali’s family members said law enforcement seized his phone, as well as his wife’s phone. The Prime Minister’s lawyer said that he met his client in a pre-trial detention center, which contains suspected terrorists.

According to the lawyer, Jebali refused to answer questions from investigators and went on a hunger strike. In addition, the former prime minister denied the accusations against him and suggested that his arrest was politically motivated.

Djebali served as head of the government of Tunisia from 2012 to 2013. He was also one of the former leaders of the moderate Islamist An-Nahda (Renaissance Party).

At the end of December 2021, the vice-president of the An-Nahda party was arrested in Tunisia …

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