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Tunisia: Authorities close Anti-Corruption Authority headquarters after evicting employees

Tunisian police barricade the Habib Bourguiba avenue in Tunis on July 27, 2021. [FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images]
Tunisian police barricade the Habib Bourguiba avenue in Tunis on July 27, 2021. [FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images]

Tunisian police forces on Friday have abruptly closed the headquarters of the Tunisian Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC) after evicting its employees.

Witnesses told German news agency DPA that the governor of Tunis came to INLUCC's headquarters, located in the prestigious Buhaira area (close to the centre of the capital), accompanied by police forces.

Local Shams FM radio quoted the governor stating that he is implementing an order issued by the interior minister.

It is not yet clear why the headquarters of INLUCC, charged since 2011 with tracking corruption in state institutions and referring violations to the judiciary, were closed.

President Kais Saied has previously criticised the policy of combating widespread corruption, one of the reasons he presented as a justification for taking exceptional measures since 25 July.

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