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  28 May 2022, 12:38

Tunisia party leader banned from travel: court

TUNIS, May 28, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - A Tunisian court has imposed a travel ban on
the speaker of the country's now-dissolved parliament, a court spokeswoman
said.

The interdiction against Rached Ghannouchi is part of an inquiry into alleged
obstruction of justice in connection with the assassination in 2013 of two
left-wing figures, the court spokesman said on Friday.

The travel ban was imposed on "34 suspects in this case, including Rached
Ghannouchi," Fatima Bouqtaya, spokeswoman for the court in the Tunis suburb
of Ariana, told AFP.

Ghannouchi heads the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party that has dominated
Tunisia's post-revolution politics.

Ghannouchi, 81, is a fierce critic of President Kais Saied who in July 2021
suspended the Ennahdha-dominated parliament, sacked the prime minister and
assumed executive powers.

Saied then dissolved parliament in March this year. His moves have stoked
fears of a return to autocracy in a country where a revolution in 2011
triggered the pro-democracy Arab Spring movement in the wider region.

Tunisia's judiciary in January opened an investigation against the suspects
for allegedly "concealing information" linked to the killing nine years ago
of Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi.

The Islamic State group claimed both killings but Ennahdha critics including
a brother of one of the victims accused the party of having "manipulated and
slowed down" the case.

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