Initiative of a zealous judge? Blood stroke of the president? New proof of the responsibility of the Ennahdha party in the so-called affair of the “expedition of jihadists” abroad? What happened so that, on September 20, a decade after the events, Rached Ghannouchi and Ali Larayedh, the leaders of the Islamist formation in power between 2011 and 2014, were summoned and questioned by the pole counterterrorism Tunisian?
“To create a diversion and divert opinion from economic and social issues”, such would be the goal of “putschist power, which targets opponents by fabricating cases”, affirmed Ennahdha, in a press release published the day before the summons.
There is no shortage of arguments in his favor: after having fashioned a regime at his own hand, the president, Kaïs Saïed, did not hesitate to threaten his opponents with legal and police truncheons and completed, in June, ” to purge” the judicial system of the magistrates who seemed to him too lenient towards the latter.
In December 2021, Noureddine Bhiri, Nahdhaoui deputy and former Minister of Justice, was thus imprisoned. He was suspected of having made and given false papers to supposed jihadists, to a Syrian woman in particular. He was released two month (and a hunger strike) later, without ever being questioned.
Tunisia: Rached Ghannouchi’s hearing postponed
On July 19, 2022, six days before the referendum, largely shunned by the population but which carved President Saïed a tailor-made constitution, Rached Ghannouchi, the founder of Ennahdha, accused of corruption, had been auditioned for the first time. Twelve days earlier, his party had called for a boycott of the consultation.
When he was summoned on September 19, the octogenarian had to wait hours before being told that his hearing would be postponed until the next day, which his party described as “a form of abuse and torture”. There again, on September 7, Ennahdha and other opposition parties had called for abstaining from participating in the legislative elections of next December, denouncing “the construction of an authoritarian regime et tyrannical”.