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Tunisian court sentences lawyer who opposes president to jail, imposes job ban

Tunisian court sentences lawyer who opposes president to jail, imposes job ban

TAREK AMARA A Tunisian military appeal court sentenced Seifeddine Makhlouf, a lawyer and prominent opponent of President Kais Saied, to a year in jail and banned him from his job for five years for insulting a judge, his lawyer told Reuters. Saied has been facing increasing opposition since he seized power last year, dissolving parliament and ruling by decree in a move his opponents called a coup. Critics say he seeks to consolidate one-man rule. "The verdict is a real farce. ... This is the judiciary that Saied wants.. a judiciary that he could control it and use it against…
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Tunisia military court orders release of two opposition politicians

Tunisia military court orders release of two opposition politicians

TUNISIA'S military court has released Seifeddine Makhlouf, head of the conservative Karama party, and another opposition figure, his lawyer said amid concerns over human rights since President Kais Saied seized power last year. Saied dismissed the North African country's prime minister, suspended parliament and assumed all governing powers on July 25, a move described by the Tunisian opposition as a coup. Since Saied's intervention, several senior politicians and business leaders have been detained or prosecuted, many of them on charges of corruption or defamation. Makhlouf and Karama party member Nidal Saudi were arrested in September last year and charged with…
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