Tunisia: Regime court sentences opposition leader Ghannouchi to a year in prison

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“A Tunisian court on Monday sentenced Rached Ghannouchi, one of the main opponents of Tunisian President Kais Saied, to a year in prison on terrorism-related charges, local media reported. Ghannouchi, 81, a former speaker of parliament, was arrested last month over different accusations, part of what Human Rights Watch (HRW) called last week a move ‘to neutralise the country’s largest political party.’ He had appeared in court at the end of February on the terror-related charges after being accused of calling police officers ‘tyrants.’ The case is one of several levied by authorities against Ghannouchi, whose Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party was the largest in parliament before Saied dissolved the chamber in July 2021 as part of a power-grab allowing him to rule by decree.” (05/15/23)