11 August 2014

Tunisia - Mahmoud Al-Ghazlani, Secretary General of Future Movement Party, Arrested

press release

Cairo — The Arabic Network fro Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces the arrest of Mahmoud Al-Ghazlani- Secretary General of "Future Movement" Party, by the security units in the capital, on August 6 over an accusation of incitement to violence.

On 6 August, 2014, the security forces arrested "Mahmoud Al-Ghazlani"- Secretary General of "Future Movement" Party, over allegations of his involvement in the incidents of torching the security center in Jilma town in February 2014, which left two persons dead, a young man and a security associate. In addition, the hospital adjacent to the center was damaged. Therefore, a search warrant against him was issued, after which he was arrested. He was accused of "incitement to violence, insulting the judiciary and attacking it.

Noteworthy, Al-Ghazlani is facing all these accusations becaus of his revolutionary stances. The charge of insulting the judiciary is owing to a message by anonymous, in which he/she allaged that he is Mahmoud Al-Ghazlani, that insults the judiciary. Memorably, Al-Ghazlani has previously objected to the inaction of the judicial authority towards the incidents in Jilma in particular, and in Tunisia in general, but he didn't insult the judiciary.

"Pressing all these accusations against a person due to his anti-government stances is a clear violation of the right to express their opinion and an indicator of the state's clear tendency to violate the freedom of expression," ANHRI says.

ANHRI demands from the security bodies to urgently release Mahmoud Al-Ghazlani and whoever is jailed against the backdrop of expressing their opinion cases. It also calls on them to discontinue the use of such accusations as tools to hinder their work, to pressurize them and to violate their right to expressing their opinion.

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