Tunisia to prosecute top politicians for ‘electoral crimes’

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Tunisia’s court of first instance on Wednesday referred 19 top politicians for prosecution for “electoral crimes”, including the leader of the Islamist Ennahdha Party, Rached Ghannouchi, and the head of the Heart of Tunisia Party, Nabil Karoui. Four former Tunisian prime ministers – Youssef Chahed, Elyes Fakhfakh, Mehdi Jomaa, and Hamadi Jebali, who is also a senior Ennahdha figure – are included on the list of politicians referred to the court. The court of first instance said in a statement that it had found evidence of “actions which could constitute electoral crimes” by the 19 accused. Als…

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