Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

A Tunisian court sentenced Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi and his brother-in-law Rafik Abdeslam to three years in prison with expedited enforcement on charges that their party received foreign funding during the 2019 elections, despite not attending the trial session.

Judicial investigations with Ennahda on suspicion of obtaining foreign funding during the elections began about 3 years ago, after it was revealed that contracts (lobbying) or pressure, concluded by the movement with foreign companies, to carry out campaigns in its favor with the aim of improving its image and manipulating public opinion, based on what was revealed in the final report of the Audit Department on the results of monitoring the financing of the premature presidential elections and the 2019 legislative elections.

Ghannouchi has been detained since mid-April 2023, on charges of conspiring against the internal security of the state, against the background of a statement in which he threatened to ignite a civil war and provoke chaos in Tunisia, if the movement is removed from power.

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