A former parliamentarian said on Saturday that the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has asked for clarifications about the questioning of Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi by Tunisian authorities.
The IPU’s Human Rights Committee requested clarifications from Tunisian authorities about the freezing of Ghannouchi’s bank accounts and banning him from travel, Maher Madhioub said in a Facebook post.
Without providing further details, he said Ghannouchi had filed a complaint to the rights committee against the Tunisian measures.
No comment has been made by the Tunisian authorities on the former lawmaker’s claim.
Concerning allegations of suspicious financial transactions within the Namaa Tounes charity, Ghannouchi is set to appear before a Tunisian judge on Tuesday for questioning.
In addition to his son and former Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, the move came after Tunisian authorities froze the financial assets of Ghannouchi and nine other people.
Since last year, when President Kais Saied ousted the government, suspended parliament and assumed executive authority in July 2021, Tunisia has been in the throes of a deep political crisis. After lawmakers held a session to revoke his measures, he later dissolved the assembly.
Critics have accused him of orchestrating a coup, while Saied insists that his measures were meant to “save” the country.