The Defense Authority for Political Detainees in Tunisia denounced the illegal decision banning travel and appearing in public places against former political detainees.
On Monday, the indictment chamber at the Court of Appeal in Tunis decided to ban the travel of Shaima Issa, a member of the National Salvation Front, and lawyer Al-Azhar Al-Akrami, and prevented them from appearing in public places, days after their release.
On Thursday, the defense team said in a press conference that the indictment department “has no right, after issuing its release ruling, to issue additional decisions surreptitiously, without informing the concerned parties or the lawyers.”
She added, “The indictment department is part of the investigation phase, its oversight role, and its issuance of a judgment that does not authorise it to attach that to additional decisions days after the verdict.”
“The content of the decision banning travel and preventing one from appearing in public places has no legal basis, and it is a loose decision,” explaining that “all spaces are considered a public place, and therefore these spaces had to be specified because this general measure is a ban on movement.”
It added, “There is a tampering with the legal texts, and this decision is contrary to the conditions of a fair trial,” and raises fear for the future of justice and the country.
A member of the defense team, lawyer Samir Dilo, said, “The “conspiracy case” has many legal violations, and the talk is no longer only about procedural violations, but rather about the legality and absurdity.”
There are “attempts to silence everyone,” as “after five months of arrests, the concerned authorities did not clarify the charges against the detainees.”