23 November 2012

Tunisia: Emergency Ruling to Prevent Broadcast of Slim Chiboub's Interview On Attounissia TV

Medenine — Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced on Thursday in Medenine that summary proceedings had been taken to prevent the broadcast of an interview with Slim Chiboub, son-in-law of the ousted president, on Attounissia TV programme entitled "Attassia Massa'an" (9PM).

"This is a prelude to the planned normalisation with the symbols of the former regime" warned the PM, affirming: "we will not tolerate such a Machiavellian plan".

"Attounissia TV is legally owned by the Tunisian people" Mr. Jebali said at a meeting with delegates of political parties and professional structures in Medenine.

Speaking of the death of the imprisoned salafists Béchir El Golli and Mohamed Bakhti after a hunger strike, the PM expressed deep concern over political overstatements in this case but did not deny the practice of torture and violence in prisons.

"Tese are unfair practices that do not change overnight but by means of political will" he reckoned, acknowledging however that there has been "carelessness" as regards measures inciting prisoners to stop their hunger strike.

He stated that Béchir El Golli's involvement in the attack against the US Embassy in Tunis had been proved, stressing that it is inconceivable to release anyone under investigation just because he is on hunger strike.

"All we can do is to improve the conditions of imprisonment" he declared, adding that the government does not interfere with justice or cases brought before courts.

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