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Tunisia: suspended MP Seifeddine Makhlouf begins hunger strike


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The suspended Tunisian deputy and head of the “Al-Karama Coalition”, Seifeddine Makhlouf, began a hunger strike on Thursday to challenge the judgments handed down against him and denounce “the legal abuses he is suffering”, and this , following the refusal of his request for release on Wednesday by the indictment chamber at the Tunis Military Tribunal.

In a statement published on the official “Al-Karama Coalition” Facebook page, Makhlouf protested against “the appearance of civilians in military courts”, expressing his astonishment at the violation of the principles of neutrality and impartiality in this affair, “trumped up”, in his words.

Seifeddine Makhlouf urged “the putschist regime”, still in his words, to show “compassion”, and to release deputy Nidhal Saoudi as well as the host of Zitouna TV, Ameur Ayed, calling on the Presidency of the Republic to stop prosecuting other suspended deputies and members of the Al-Karama Coalition.

Makhlouf threatened to continue his hunger strike until “this farce of military justice ends”, again in his words.

“My only weapon is my will, which I draw from the blood of the martyrs of the revolution”, he maintained, describing the silence of parties and national organizations as “shameful”.

As a reminder, Seifeddine Makhlouf was arrested following the issuance of two committal warrants against him by the Tunis Military Tribunal.

The first case, known as “from the airport”, dates back to last March, when the deputy tried to intervene in favor of a woman banned from traveling, in accordance with procedure S17 and clashed with the security forces in Tunis-Carthage airport.

Makhlouf is also being prosecuted for threats and contempt of court.

It should be noted that the Tunisian military justice has issued arrest warrants against a certain number of members of the parliamentary bloc of the “Al Karama Coalition”.

All Tunisian deputies have been suspended and deprived of their parliamentary immunity since July 25, by decision of the President of the Republic.

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