Two MPs detained in Tunisia

Independent MP Yassine Ayari and Dignity Coalition MP Maher Zaid were detained in Tunisia after President Kais Saied's decision to suspend the immunity of MPs.

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According to the information reported by Tunisian local media sources, deputy Yassine Ayari was detained for his case at the Military Court of Appeal.

It was noted that Ayari was on trial for “discrediting the army and insulting military leaders” and was sentenced to two months in prison due to the case pending appeal.

One of the most important bloggers of the February 14, 2011 revolution in Tunisia, Ayari was sentenced to 3 years in prison on November 18, 2014, by the military court in the trial in which he was tried in absentia. After his lawyers objected to the decision, Ayari’s case was appealed for retrial in a military court.

On the other hand, according to the decision taken by the Menuba Criminal Court, Dignity Coalition deputy Maher Zaid was taken into custody.

It was stated that there were judicial decisions about Zaid for seizing official documents and publishing them without permission on the internet and insulting Tunisia’s former President Beji Caid Essebsi.

Tunisian President Kais Saied announced on July 25 that he had frozen all the powers of the Assembly, suspended the immunity of deputies, dismissed current Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, and that he would take over the executive with a prime minister he would appoint.

Saied also intervened in the field of the judiciary by declaring himself the attorney general.

After the decisions against the government, soldiers stationed in front of the Tunisian Parliament building did not let the Speaker of the Tunisian Parliament and the leader of the Ennahda Movement, Rached Ghannouchi, and his accompanying deputies into the Parliament.

Ghannouchi, who called on the people to fight peacefully upon the decisions of President Kais Saied, emphasized that this step, which had no legal basis, was a “coup d’état.”

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