A Tunisian court has refused to release former presidential candidate Nabil Karui, chairman of the country’s second parliamentary representation, after his arrest in December 2020 for alleged corruption, Tunisian state news agency TAP reported.
The court has dismissed an appeal in favor of the release of the leader of Qalb Tunes, which confirms the decision of the regional judge from the end of May, according to the spokesman for the Tunisian Court of Appeal, Habib Torjani.
The verdict came after a judge approved Karui’s bail release in February, which was appealed by the Tunisian Court of Appeals, which ultimately led to judicial authorities refusing to release the politician and businessman.
Karui, owner of Nessma TV, was arrested on December 24, 2020 for alleged tax evasion and money laundering, for which he was arrested in August 2019, ahead of a presidential campaign in which he won the current President Kais. seized Said.
The tycoon was released days before the celebration of the second round of the presidential election after his supporters complained about an attempt to silence him over his criticism of the government. However, its critics claim that the businessman misused his television station and charity for political gain.
Qalb Tunis (heart of Tunisia) is the most important opposition party in the fragmented parliament of the African country with 38 of the 217 seats. The ruling coalition is headed by the Islamist Ennahda, who won 52 seats in the last election.