Tunisia: Further Information: Ex-Minister to be Tried on Bogus Charges: Noureddine Bhiri

On 16 April 2024, the Criminal Chamber of the Tunis Court of Cassation confirmed the indictment of ex-justice minister and senior Ennahdha leader Noureddine Bhiri who will now face trial on charges of “trying to change the form of the government.” He will be tried under Article 72 of the penal code, which is punishable by the death penalty. Noureddine Bhiri is accused based on a social media post he has denied writing, which was also confirmed by expert appointed by the accusation chamber. Since his arrest on 13 February 2023, Noureddine Bhiri has been held in pre-trial detention in the Mornaguia prison. The Tunisian authorities must immediately release Noureddine Bhiri and drop all politically motivated charges against him.

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