On Saturday, June 25, Former Tunisian Prime Minister Hammadi Al-Jabali was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Habib Thamer Hospital, two days after his arrest, as he started an open hunger strike protesting against his arrest without a charge.
On Thursday evening, the Anti-Terrorism Prosecution ordered the arrest of Al-Jabali on suspicions of money laundering for Namaa Tunisia Association.
Al-Jabari’s wife, Mrs. Wahida, stressed that the arrest of her husband poses a threat to his life as he suffers chronic diseases including diabetes, blood pressure and heart problems.
Al-Jabali’s son emphasised that the legal status of his father is unclear, as he can be kept in detention for five days before presenting him to the investigating judge. He also stressed that his father has no links to Namaa association and accused the authorities of fabricating charges against his father.
Since July 25, 2021, Tunisia has been witnessing a political crisis due to the issuance of decisions by President Qais Said that included the freezing the Parliament, lifting immunity of its deputies, canceling the constitutional monitoring body, issuing legislation with presidential decrees, Said presiding over the public prosecution, and sharing the executive authority with the government, after dismissing the Prime Minister.
After the announcement of these exceptional measures, former officials, deputies, judges, jurists, media professionals and media institutions in Tunisia faced restrictions, security prosecutions, arrests, judicial decision and harassment.