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Choose orders Tunisian Islamist chief to remain in custody Lalrp


TUNIS, Tunisia — A Tunisian investigative choose has ordered that influential Islamist chief Rached Ghannouchi stay in custody, his celebration mentioned Thursday on its official social media.

The Ennahdha celebration denounced in an announcement on Fb the “unjust imprisonment” of its chief, after Ghannouchi was arrested by police Monday. On its English-language Twitter account, the celebration mentioned Ghannouchi has been charged with conspiracy towards state safety and ordered to be imprisoned pending trial.

Ghannouchi, 81, is probably the most distinguished critic of President Kais Saied. He served as speaker of Tunisia’s parliament till Saied dissolved the physique final July and seized most govt powers within the North African nation — a transfer that Ghannouchi and different opponents name a coup.

He has been detained for questioning plenty of instances previously, however the circumstances of his newest detention prompt that this time was extra critical.

Tunisia’s official TAP information company reported earlier this week that he was detained on a warrant by counterterrorism prosecutors as a part of an investigation into latest “provocative” feedback. It didn’t elaborate.

Different Tunisian media reported that Ghannouchi was to be questioned over a video circulating on-line wherein he purportedly says that the president’s perceived efforts to “eradicate” Islamist opposition threaten to unleash civil warfare.

The transfer comes amid growing social tensions and deepening economic troubles in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring pro-democracy motion greater than a decade in the past.