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Tunisia: CFJ highlights new restrictions against free destourian party leader Abir Moussi, calls for her release

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Press release

Geneva – June 24, 2024


The defense team for Abir Moussi, leader of the Free Destourian Party and currently detained in Tunisia, has revealed that she faces four investigative cases. These include a case before the Court of Cassation concerning the administrative registry of the Tunisian presidency, a complaint from the Electoral Commission, and two new cases.

The defense team noted that two interrogation sessions have been scheduled on the same day, June 10, along with an appellate case hearing on June 12 related to an electoral violation and breach of electoral silence.

On April 17, 2024, Moussi’s defense team announced that the Electoral Commission’s registry office refused to accept a notice reminding it to adhere to

the electoral law and avoid imposing new conditions that could restrict candidacies and allow political control over the nomination process. This announcement followed the party’s formal nomination of Moussi, who is currently imprisoned, for the presidential elections scheduled for fall 2024. The defense team called for her release and an end to the judicial harassment she is facing.

The Committee for Justice (CFJ) condemns the arbitrary actions and judicial restrictions against Moussi, calling for an immediate halt to these measures, her unconditional release, and allowing her to run for the presidential elections.

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