Tunisia – Informed Tunisian circles said that President Kais Saied’s statements calling on the judiciary to take its course in corruption cases related to the legislative elections would not have been so clear if the Court of Auditors’ report had not contained accurate data implicating winning electoral lists in the frozen parliament, and the parties behind them. Which the report had previously indicated to the existence of suspicions hovering around, led by the Ennahda and Qalb Tounes parties.
These circles indicated that the judiciary, which was previously under the influence of various political pressures, is now in a better position, which enables it to go in its rulings to the most severe penalties, starting with the annulment of electoral lists winning, and ending with the dissolution of the parties that obtained foreign money, as he points out. Party Law.
She added that what is important today is not announcing the fall of this or that list – it is no longer of value because Parliament is frozen and it is difficult to return to activity, and the next step may be to dissolve it before announcing early elections – but what is required is more severe penalties such as dissolving the parties involved in corruption and tracking their leaders Judicially with the aim of sending strong future messages to the political class.
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The issuance of strict rulings on the extent of corruption that took place in the previous elections, which the report monitored in detail, would provide a legal and political ground for dissolving Parliament and push the faces involved in corruption to leave the political scene with court rulings.
Lawyer Imad Ben Halima, who is known for his opposition to the Islamists, said in a post on his Facebook account that the situation is moving towards dissolving the Qalb Tounes and Brotherhood parties (meaning the Ennahda movement) in light of the evidence of foreign funding.
The judge in the Court of Accounts, Fadela al-Qarkouri, announced a week ago that the judicial departments of the Court of Accounts had launched their first instance rulings in issues related to elections, and attributed the delay to the repercussions of the outbreak of the Corona virus and the closure of courts on more than one occasion.
President Saeed Al-Khamis called on the judiciary to “assume its responsibility in holding those involved in corruption cases, especially financial abuses accountable,” during the previous elections that took place in 2019, during his meeting with Najib Al-Qatari, the head of the Court of Accounts, who presented him with a report on the oversight of the administrative and financial behavior of the Independent High Authority for Elections. According to a video posted by the presidency on its official Facebook page.
Qais Saied urged the judiciary to “assume its full responsibilities in this historical moment that Tunisia is going through, and to hold those involved in corruption cases accountable so that the people regain their rights and the state gets rid of the dirt that it has been stuck in in the past decades.”
The Court of Accounts report issued in November last year indicated that the Islamic Ennahda movement had contracted with an American lobbying company since 2014 to polish its image, and the same applies to the Heart of Tunisia party. But the report remained without judicial follow-up.
The president added, explaining that “the court fulfilled its duty regarding the audit of the parties’ finances during the (past) legislative elections,” expressing his regret that “the reports remain without effect because the law creates consequences for abuses.” “The abuses committed during the legislative and presidential elections (2019) are abuses of all kinds,” Qais Saied said.
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He stressed, “The judicial and penal judiciary must arrange the legal implications of where the money for the parties came from.” And he added, “there are provisions of up to 5 years for foreign funds,” explaining that “the legislative elections were financed with money that came from abroad.”
President Saeed added, explaining that “it is supposed to abolish some deputies (membership of Parliament) in the Assembly of People’s Representatives whose corruption has been proven,” without naming any list.
The Court of Accounts, which is the highest judicial supervisory body in Tunisia, revealed in a report that the Islamic Renaissance Movement had contracted with an American advertising and pressure company in order to polish the movement’s image.
Karkouri – who is the head of a department at the Court of Accounts – said during a press conference last November that Ennahda had entered into a contract with the advertising and lobbying company “Burson Cohn & Wolfe” to carry out propaganda campaigns, lobbying and gaining support in the elections since 2014.
Al-Qarkouri added, during her presentation of the report, which was completed in the context of court monitoring of electoral campaigns, that Al-Nahda had two contracts with this American company; The first is from September 2014 to 2018, then a supplementary contract was concluded from the 16th of July 2019 to the 17th of December 2019, i.e. after the end of the parliamentary and presidential elections. The court explained that the value of the contract concluded by the Islamic movement amounted to a quarter of a million dollars, stressing that it was not able to know the sources of these funds.