Tunisia.. The Ennahda movement and political and intellectual elites declare their solidarity with Marzouki following his arrest warrant
Today, Saturday, the Tunisian Ennahda movement and political, intellectual and human rights elites announced their solidarity with the former President of the country, Moncef Marzouki, against the background of the authorities issuing an international arrest warrant against him.
The movement denounced the targeting of Al-Marzouki because of his positions rejecting the coup, the latest of which was the withdrawal of his diplomatic passport and the issuance of an international summons card against him without regard to customs and the country’s reputation.
The movement affirmed, in a statement, that it stands by the representatives and citizens whose freedoms have been attacked by suspension or referral to military courts, and supports the right of the media to practice their work in freedom and respect for the law.
The movement also demanded an end to these policies, “which we got rid of through the revolution and the coup seeks to bring them back,” calling on supporters of freedom and democracy to confront them before they escalate.
It also expressed its solidarity with the judiciary and its representative structures, led by the Supreme Judicial Council, in its defense of the independence of the judiciary and the supremacy of law.
Political, intellectual, and human rights elites also issued a petition declaring their support for the former president, denouncing “this arbitrary measure that comes in the context of treason, hate and tarnishing the Tunisian opposition.”
The signatories to the petition called on the investigative judge to reverse this measure, which offends the Tunisian judiciary and establishes its subordination to the executive authority, at a time when we all strive for justice to be independent and guarantor of rights and freedoms, subject only to the authority of the law and the conscience of the judge.
For its part, the “Lawyers for the Protection of Tunisian Rights and Freedoms” group considered that the issuance of the international arrest warrant against Marzouki was “at the behest of President Kais Saied, and he requested the Minister of Justice, Leila Jaffal.”
In its statement, the group of lawyers denounced what it considered blatant interference in the judiciary and its use to liquidate political opponents, and condemned “the prosecution of citizens on serious charges for the sake of their declared political opinions or positions.”
On Thursday, a Tunisian court issued an international arrest warrant for Marzouki, who is outside the country, against the background of his statements about the failure of the Francophone summit in Tunisia.
The moves against Marzouki came after his statements about his efforts to thwart the summit scheduled on the Tunisian island of Djerba, in response to the exceptional measures announced by Said last July.
Since last July 25, Tunisia has been experiencing a severe political crisis, as the country’s president, Kais Saied, began a series of exceptional decisions, including freezing the competencies of Parliament, lifting the immunity of its deputies, abolishing the constitutionality monitoring body, issuing legislation with presidential decrees, heading the Public Prosecution, and dismissing the Prime Minister. Hisham Al-Mashishi.