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Tunisia: Parliamentarian convicted by military court: Yassine Ayari

Index Number: MDE 30/4718/2021

Yassine Ayari, an outspoken parliamentarian and whistle-blower who exposed several corruption cases in Tunisia, has been held since 28 July 2021 in the Mornaguia prison to serve a two-month sentence pronounced by a military court in 2018 for his Facebook posts criticizing the army. The military court has initiated new prosecutions against him following his statements calling President Saied’s assumption of exceptional powers on 25 July a “coup”. Yassine Ayari started a hunger strike on 7 September to protest his prison conditions.

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