Tunisia: Rached Khiari's Case - ARP Speaker Has Received No Relevant Correspondence - Medhioub

Tunis/Tunisia — The Speaker of Parliament has not received, so far, any correspondence about the arrest warrant the military justice would have issued against MP Rached Khiari, said Maher Medhioub, a member of the parliament's Bureau in charge of press and communication.

Article 69 of the Constitution stipulates that the ARP Speaker should be notified of any arrest of MPs in flagrante delicto, he recalled.

Madhioub told TAP over phone ARP Speaker Rached Ghannouchi, on Friday, contacted Minister of National Defence, Brahim Bartagi to inquire about the case of Rached Khiari who availed himself of his parliamentary immunity in writing.

Medhioub added that the Minister of Defense said the military justice has issued an arrest warrant against Khiari because he did not respond to the request to be heard. The justice has, therefore, considered that it is a case of flagrante delicto.

The MP also recalled that the Bureau of the parliament met Thursday, exceptionally, to deliberate on MP Rached Khairi's interrogation by military justice.

The Bureau decided to invite the MP Rached Khiari to speak out in writing on the circumstances surrounding this case, to be examined as soon as possible.

The military justice, on Tuesday, initiated an investigation into the allegations made by Rached Khiari in which he accuses the director of the electoral campaign of Kais Saied, Fawzi Daas, of having received transfers from abroad (American sides) to finance his campaign.

According to Article 69 of the Constitution, if a member of parliament avails himself in writing of his parliamentary immunity, he cannot be prosecuted or arrested during his term of office, in connection with a criminal charge, until his immunity has been lifted.

However, in the event of flagrante delicto, he or she may be arrested, the Speaker of the Parliament shall be informed without delay and the detention shall be terminated if the Bureau of the Assembly so requires.

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