Today (Tuesday), the Tunisian authorities arrested the former prime minister and leader of the Ennahda Brotherhood movement, Hamada Jebali, and took him to a military barracks linked to the fight against terrorism, pending an investigation related to suspicions of money laundering attributed to members of the “Namaa Tunisia” charity.
Last year, Al-Jabali was arrested, but released after interrogation, while 3 other officials of a charitable organization were imprisoned on charges of “financing terrorism”, in a case related to the file of political assassinations dating back to the era of the Brotherhood’s rule.
The Committee for the Defense of the leftist leaders, Chokri Belaid and the nationalist, Mohamed Brahmi, who were assassinated in 2013, had filed a complaint accusing a charitable organization of obtaining funds from abroad of unknown origin.
The Public Prosecution of the Court of First Instance in Tunis instructed the Sub-Department of Economic and Financial Research in the Justice Police Department to search the file, so that, in the first stage, the statements of a representative of the complainants, Reda Radawi, were heard, before permissions were obtained, the subject of which was the completion of a number of decisions related to the Central Bank and the Financial Analysis Committee, And a bank that foreigners contribute to its capital.
Financial transactions were limited to transfers from abroad and withdrawals during a specific period, especially between 2013 and 2014, which included transfers in the millions without specifying their sources.
Shoukry and Belaid’s lawyers had filed a complaint with the military judiciary regarding the “secret financial apparatus of the Ennahda movement.” The military judiciary assigned part of the complaint to the Anti-Terrorism Unit of the National Guard and relinquished the part related to the financial aspect to the benefit of the Court of First Instance in Tunis.
Reda Al-Radaoui, a member of the defense committee for Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi, said that the association was established in 2011 under the name “Namaa Tunisia” with the aim of encouraging foreign investments. The Brotherhood’s renaissance through its arm in the judiciary, Judge Bashir Al-Akrami, did not stop this path.