Tunisia: Former Agriculture Minister Samir Taieb and 3 Other Officials Provisionally Released

Tunis/Tunisia — The investigating judge at the Economic and Financial Judicial Division in charge of the case of suspected fraud in a public contract between the Ministry of Agriculture and a private company specialised in computer equipment decided, on Friday, the provisional release of former Agriculture Minister Samir Taieb.

The adviser to the Ministry of Agriculture, the manager of the company that benefited from the contract as well as an official of the same department were also provisionally released, said a statement from the information office of the Tunis Court of First Instance, a copy of which was sent to TAP.

On October 30, 2021, the investigating judge at the Financial Judicial Division issued warrants for the detention of former Agriculture Minister Samir Taieb and three other officials from the administrative services of the same department.

The other four defendants in the case were kept free.

They are being prosecuted for suspected offences committed in violation of legal and regulatory provisions guaranteeing freedom of participation and equal opportunities in public procurement, against the background of a tender for computer equipment for the Ministry of Agriculture, according to an earlier statement by the information office of the Court of First Instance.

The transaction in question is worth more than 800 thousand dinars, the statement said.

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