Tunisia: President Marzouki's Tribute to Servicemen Victims of Barraket Essahel Affair

Carthage — Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki said that "the Barraket Essahel affair is another black stain on the policy of a regime which had undermined the dignity of a people and the integrity of a military institution ensuring the security of the country."

At a ceremony held Monday at Carthage palace in tribute to the servicemen victims of this affair, Marzouki declared that this injustice is a violation of human dignity , citizenship, the military institution and the whole country. He also stressed the need to "preserve the military institution from any political use and any attempt of domestic interference."

Marzouki spoke of moral and financial measures made by the defence ministry to compensate the military victims, hailing the efforts of national and international human rights organizations to help them recover their legitimate rights. The general coordinator of « INSAF » association (justice for the ex servicemen ) said for his part that the military concerned had not yet recovered their rights . President Marzouki decorated on the occasion the military with the insignia of the republic , with attendance of the ministers of justice and human rights as well as the chief of staff of the three armies.

The Barraket Essahel affair had recorded in 1991 the arrest and torture of 244 military for attempted coup. 93 of them were sentenced to 3 to 16 years in jail , according to a document of Insaf association.

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