Tunisia: Italian Waste Case - Sousse Court of Appeal Defers Trial Until June 22

Tunis/Tunisia — Defendants in the case of Italian waste import through the port of Sousse, Tuesday, appeared before the Indictment Division of the Court of Appeal of Sousse which decided to defer again trial in that case until June 22, 2021, said official spokesperson for the court Hédi Khessib.

In a statement to TAP, he added that the decision to defer the trial comes after a request by the defense lawyers committee of the defendants to better "review the case file.

The same source further said the Indictment Division also decided to extend by four months the period of pre-trial detention of 6 defendants in this case and rejected the request for release made by the defence lawyers.

As a reminder, 26 defendants were heard by the judge of the Court of First Instance of Sousse in charge of the case, including six in custody and 19 at liberty, while one, namely the owner of the company that imported the Italian waste is on the run and subject to an international arrest warrant.

After hearing, the Court of First Instance of Sousse has charged 21 people and issued warrants of detention against six defendants ,including the former minister of environment and local affairs, who was fired.

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