Tunisia - ANHRI Denounces the Assassination of the Prominent Activist Mohamed El-Borhami

press release

Cairo — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) expressed its deep denunciations to expand the extremists groups in Tunisia in using the violence and political assassination after the heinous crime that took place in Tunisia on last Thursday as two unknown person assassinated the prominent dissent and founder of the popular current "Mohamed El-Borhami".

Mohamed is a Nassarist Leader who was born in Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of of the Arab spring and who established the Nasserite Unionist movement in 2005 and it was prohibited at the time of the dictator Ben Ali. He was arrested many time against the backdrop of his political activity during the time of Ben Ali and one of the most important figures of the Tunisian revolution and among the motivators of the protests in Sidi Bouzid. He established the Tunisian Popular Current that is opposite to the ruling coalition. He is the official spokes man of the Movement the Nasserites in Tunisia nationalists. He joined by his political current to the popular front that was established by "Chokri Belaid" who was assassinated in the last February.

Borhami received a lot of shots by the unknown persons on the afternoon of last Thursday while he was out with his family from his house in Ghazalah neighborhood, in the area of "Arabanah" that is located in the north west of Tunisia. He received 11 live ammunition by two unknown persons riding on a motorcycle, as they were waiting for Borhami in front of his house.

This is the second assassination to take place by a prominent political activist in Tunisia in the early beginning of year, as the prominent leftist dissent Chokri Belaid was assassinated in the same way as the unknown persons after two unknown persons waited him on a motorcycle in front of his house and shot him, then they ran away.

It is the same way of assassination to both prominent dissents, which is probably could arouse that is one of the extremist groups that committed the assassination.

It is worthy noted that are some fatwas that were released by extremists Shieks in Tunisia, these fatwas incite to the killing of the dissents and the authorities didn't take any procedures regarding it since the assassination of Belaid and until now.

ANHRI said that "alnnhadah movement and the ruling coalition in Tunisia, bear the largest responsibility regarding the expansion in using the physical liquidation of the dissents by extremists groups in Tunisia, as they failed to prosecute the criminal or colluded with him, in particularly, after 6 months from assassinating Belaid, as the authorities couldn't prosecute who committed the crime and bring them to a fair trial, which led to repeating the use of violence and the assassination of Borhami.

ANHRI added that "the use of violence and threating of the prominent dissents in Tunisia is a serious set back in the political operation and course of the democratic transformation. The authorities must undermine violence and prosecute the users in providing a security climate that end the phenomenon of the political assassination before Tunisia fall in the circle of violence which will end all the gains of the Tunisian revolution".

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