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Former head of Tunisia’s anti-graft body placed under house arrest

Tunisian president sacked Secretary General of the country’s anti-corruption commission, without clarifying the reason

Yousra Ounes   | 21.08.2021
Former head of Tunisia’s anti-graft body placed under house arrest

TUNIS, Tunisia

The former chief of Tunisia's National Anti-Corruption Commission, Chawki Tabib, confirmed that he has been placed under house arrest.

"A security patrol stationed in front of my house informed me that a decision was issued to place me under house arrest,” Tabib said in a Facebook post on Friday.

Habib decried the decision as a “blatant violation of his rights guaranteed by law and the constitution”, vowing to legally prosecute those who issued the decision to place him under house arrest.

On Friday, Tunisian President Kais Saied sacked Anouar Ben Hassan, the Secretary General of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, without clarifying the reason.

According to local media, Interior Minister Ridha Gharsallaoui issued a decision to vacate the headquarters of the anti-graft commission.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission was established in 2011 following the ouster of former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

On July 25, Saied ousted the government, suspended parliament, and assumed executive authority. While he insists that his exceptional measures are meant to "save" the country, his critics accuse him of orchestrating a coup.

Tunisia has been seen as the only country that succeeded in carrying out a democratic transition among Arab countries which witnessed popular revolutions toppling ruling regimes, including Egypt, Libya, and Yemen.

*Writing by Ahmed Asmar in Ankara

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