3 July 2012

Tunisia: 'Govt Will Never Give Up Requests to Extradite Former Regime's Vestiges,' Says Samir Dilou

Tunis — Tunisia will never relinquish its legitimate request to extradite the vestiges of the former regime who found refuge abroad, Human Rights and Transitional Justice Minister Samir Dilou said on Tuesday.

"We count on the sisterly and friendly countries' co-operation to sort out this issue," he specified on the sidelines of a conference on "The International Criminal Court," held in Tunis on the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute.

"The Government is currently endeavouring to put an end to the impunity of those corrupt officials," Mr. Dilou said, asserting that "no one is above the law."

In August 2011, Tunisia ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and several other conventions on Fight against Torture and Crimes against Humanity.

"Present-day Tunisia is attached more than ever before to place respect for Human rights at the heart of its political transition," he emphasised.

Regarding the dismissal of the 82 judges, Justice Minister Noureddine Bhiri said that among these magistrates, there are those who had already resumed their duties; those who had voluntarily chosen to resign and join the Bar; and others whose files will be submitted to the Head of the Government, "the only person empowered to sign their revocation."

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