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Tunisia: Further information: Parliamentarian facing trial by millitary court: Yassine Ayari

Index Number: MDE 30/5203/2022

Tunisian parliamentarian Yassine Ayari’s trial is set to begin on 14 February before the Military Court of First Instance in Tunis. He is being prosecuted in relation to Facebook posts in which he described President Saied’s concentration of exceptional powers as a “coup.” In July 2021 he was arrested and spent two months in Mornaguia prison for a case dating back to 2018, after the President’s decision on 25 July 2021 to suspend parliament and lift parliamentary immunity for its members. Amnesty International calls for the charges against Yassine Ayari to be dropped and for an end to the prosecution of civilians before military courts.

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