Ennahda interim head Mondher Ounissi and Abdel Karim Harouni, chief of the occasion’s Shura Council, have been arrested.
Two prime officers in Tunisia’s foremost opposition Ennahda occasion have been arrested, the occasion mentioned, within the latest targeting of opponents of President Kais Saied.
The interim head of Ennahda, Mondher Ounissi, was detained by police on Tuesday and, minutes afterwards, so was Abdel Karim Harouni, who was positioned this week underneath home arrest, the occasion mentioned, in response to the Reuters information company.
Ounissi’s arrest follows the publication of audio recordings on social media this week, attributed to Ounissi, during which he allegedly accused some officers in his occasion of looking for to manage Ennahda and receiving unlawful funds.
Tunisia’s Public Prosecution Workplace on Monday opened an investigation into the recordings. Ounissi mentioned in a video on his Fb web page that the recordings had been fabricated.
The second detained official, Harouni, heads the Shura Council, the highest-ranking physique in Ennahda, which was the most important political occasion in a parliament closed by President Saied in 2021.
On Sunday, the opposition occasion mentioned the home arrest of Harouni “comes within the context of the arrest of the historic leaders of the Ennahda Social gathering, the closure of all its headquarters, and risk to its leaders and activists”.
The police earlier this yr arrested Ennahda’s chief, Rached Ghannouchi, probably the most outstanding critic of Saied, in addition to a number of different occasion officers.
The 81-year-old Ghannouchi was reportedly arrested on a warrant by counterterrorism prosecutors as a part of an investigation into “provocative” feedback.
Ennahda and its supporters say the costs are politically motivated and the newest in a broad marketing campaign that has seen different occasion officers, together with an ex-prime minister, arrested.
Final week, the African Courtroom on Human and Folks’s Rights ordered the Tunisian authorities to “remove all limitations” and provides the nation’s political prisoners, together with Ghannouchi, access to legal representatives and docs.
The court docket additionally ordered Tunisia’s authorities to tell the detainees, their households and attorneys of the explanations for his or her detention, and to offer all data associated to their arrests.
The court docket, which has jurisdiction to listen to complaints regarding human rights violations in member states of the African Union which have ratified the court docket’s constitution, gave Tunisia 15 days to implement its order and reply.
Tunisian authorities have additionally banned conferences in any respect Ennahda places of work and police closed all occasion places of work in what critics see as rising repression by Saied, whom they accuse of finishing up a coup after he closed the elected parliament in 2021 and moved to rule by decree earlier than rewriting the structure.
Saied has described these detained as “terrorists, traitors and criminals”.