Two More Tunisia MPs Critical Of President Arrested: Party
Sumaira FH 2 months ago Mon 02nd August 2021 | 01:20 AM
Tunis, Aug 1 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Aug, 2021 ) :Tunisian security forces have arrested two MPs from an Islamist party opposed to a power grab by President Kais Saied, their party said Sunday.
Maher Zid and Mohamed Affes of Al-Karama have been placed in provisional detention in connection with a military investigation, party head Seifeddine Makhlouf wrote on Facebook.
Al-Karama is allied to the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party, the main opponent of the president.
Their arrest late Saturday came a day after the detention of an independent MP, Yassine Ayari.
Rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have expressed concern over his arrest.
Affes is a former ultra-conservative cleric and Zid is a former journalist and blogger sentenced to two years in jail for insulting late president Beji Caid Essebsi.
Makhlouf, a lawyer critical of the president, said he himself, Zid and Affes were wanted for having allegedly insulted police officers in March who prevented a woman from boarding a plane at Tunis airport.
The prosecutor's office was not immediately available for comment, and the military court has not provided details.