Tunisia’s opponent Nabil Karoui was arrested in Algeria

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Tunisia’s opponent Nabil Karoui was arrested on Sunday, August 29, in Algeria. This former candidate for the 2019 presidential election and leader of the party Qalb Tounes was arrested along with his brother, Tunisian media reported.

as reported from Tunis, Amira Souilem

He has been silent since he was released from prison in June last year. Nabil Karoui, a sulfur-rich businessman and former candidate for the 2019 Tunisian presidential election, was arrested in Tébessa, a stone’s throw from the Tunisian-Algerian border, according to press reports from both countries.

While many businessmen are being prevented from leaving Tunisia’s territory by the authorities embarking on an extensive anti-corruption campaign, Nabil Karoui, he would have crossed the border between Tunisia and Algeria illegally. He was accompanied by his brother MP, whose immunity was frozen while the activities of the parliament were carried out by the President of the Republic.

The head of the Nessma TV channel, Nabil Karoui, made headlines by qualifying for the second round of the presidential election while behind bars. Cited in money laundering and tax evasion, since 2017,he was imprisoned for a little over six months, before being released in mid-June.

We are now waiting to know whether the president of the Qalb Tounes party, the second most influential in parliament, will be deported to Algeria or extradited to his country, Tunisia. At present, the Tunisian and Algerian authorities have not commented on the matter.

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