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The defense team of Noureddine El-Beheiry, a leader in the Ennahda movement, the former Minister of Justice, confirmed the continuation of the sit-in at the Lawyers’ House, “in protest against his arrest and taking him to an unknown destination.”
For its part, the National Authority for the Prevention of Torture denounced “the practice of blackout and obstruction by the Ministry of the Interior regarding this file.”
The Tunisian Ministry of Interior had contented itself with a statement declaring that two people were subjected to house arrest, without naming them or mentioning their place of detention.
The leader of the Ennahda movement, Muhammad al-Qumani, confirmed that the dean of Tunisian lawyers, Ibrahim Bouderbala, was able to visit Noureddine al-Buhairi at his detention center after his kidnapping, adding, in a telephone conversation with Al-Jazeera, that al-Buhairi refused to talk, eat food and take medicine.
Academic and former member of the National Constituent Assembly, Rabeh Al-Kharaifi, said in a previous interview with Al Jazeera that it is difficult to restrict anyone’s freedom without sufficient reasons for doing so.
For her part, lawyer Nawal Al-Toumi said – in a previous interview with Al Jazeera – from the sit-in of lawyers, “What happened with Al-Buhairi shows that the authority deals with the logic of the mafia and militias, not the logic of the state.”
In a related context, the former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki wrote on his Facebook page, saying, “The physical assault that his brother was subjected to two days ago took place after monitoring, planning and implementation in a precise place and timing,” considering that the aggressor is “a person trained in the arts of physical struggle and not an amateur criminal.” .
Al-Marzouki confirmed that the coincidence between the “assault” on his brother and MP Noureddine Al-Buhairi and his wife “refers to the political police and its usual methods.”
On the other hand, the Tunisian government’s presidency announced the launch of an “experimental process of electronic popular consultation” approved by President Kais Saied, and said that “this process will enable Tunisians to express their views on issues related to political and social affairs.”
The presidency explained that the trial process will last for two weeks and will officially start on January 15, and the consultation will be followed by the organization of a popular referendum on constitutional and legal reforms next July, followed by legislative elections next December.
In the context of reactions to that step, the independent Tunisian organization “I’m Watching” denounced the process of preparing the digital platform for electronic consultation announced by the President, and described the Ministry of Communication Technology’s handling of this platform as “confusion and lack of readiness”, and considered the trial process “a cover up for the lack of readiness.” “.
The organization expressed its astonishment at what it described as “a complete blackout regarding the parties involved in preparing this platform,” and considered the questions raised in the consultation “an attempt to direct the will of the people.”
As for Marzouki, he considered the popular consultation “a fraud to use the statements of Tunisians to re-elect the president.”