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Defence team accuses Ennahda of assassinating Tunisia opposition

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (C) lays a wreath during a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of assassinated Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid in Tunis, Tunisia on February 06, 2017 [Amine Landoulsi/Anadolu Agency]

The team representing Tunisian politicians Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi who were assassinated in 2013 have accused the Ennahda movement of forming a "secret security apparatus" linked to the political assassinations.

The team told reporters last week that "the secret apparatus" stole documents related to the assassinations and covered up for the killers.

The team said it has obtained documents, audio recordings and emails proving that, after the January revolution, Ennahda formed a secret apparatus which was supervised by a man named "Mustafa Khadr".

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According to the team, Khadr has direct contact with senior members of Ennahda including its leader, Rachid Ghannouchi, the head of the movement's parliamentary bloc, Nur Al-Din Al-Beheiri, and leader, Ali Al-Areed.

In February 2013, opposition member Belaid was shot dead in front of his house. Leader of the National Movement Brahmi was assassinated in July of the same year.

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