On Tuesday, September 5, 2023, the Tunisian security forces arrested former Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, member of the opposition Ennahda Movement.
A security force in civilian clothes raided Al-Jebali’s house in Sousse, and arrested him without revealing the reason for his arrest.
Wahida Trabelsi, Jebali’s wife, stated that the security forces took Jebali to the National Guard in El Aouina in the northern suburbs of the capital Tunis, adding that her husband “has critical health conditions, especially after he underwent heart surgery.”
Trabelsi held the authorities “responsible for Al-Jebali’s health,” noting that they “informed the security forces of his health conditions, however they still attested him.”
Al-Jebali headed the Tunisian government between December 2011 and February 2013, and he also ran for the 2019 presidency.
On May 12, 2022, the Ministry of Interior arrested Al-Jebali and his wife on charges of “possession of dangerous materials”, and they were released on the same day.
In June 2022, Al-Jebali was arrested on “suspicion of his involvement in a money laundering involving money transfers from abroad to charitable organisations in Tunisia,” according to the Ministry of Interior at the time.
Since last February 11, the Tunisian authorities have carried out a campaign of arrests against party leaders, media figures, and activists in the opposition, who are against the exceptional measures imposed by President Kais Saeid.