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Tunisia to probe recordings attributed to president's ex-top aide

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (L), France's Secretary of State for Tourism, French living abroad, and Francophonie, along with Tunisia's Presidential chief of staff Nadia Akacha (R) and other officials look on at the port of Rades on the eastern outskirts of the capital Tunis on July 22, 2021, as they receive a shipment of oxygen supplies given by France to Tunisia as medical aid to combat the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. - Tunisia's health system was close to collapse, overwhelmed by growing numbers of Covid-19 cases, and something clearly had to be done. So many countries and concerned individuals stepped in. (Photo by FETHI BELAID / AFP) (Photo by FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images)
Tunisia's Presidential chief of staff Nadia Akacha (R) and other officials look on at the port of Rades on the eastern outskirts of the capital Tunis on July 22, 2021 [FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images]

Tunisian prosecutors have opened an investigation to determine the authenticity of leaked recordings wherein President Kais Saied's former top aide Nadia Akacha is allegedly criticising him and the way he ran the state, and saying that he had health issues.

The Public Prosecutor's Office at the Tunis Court of First Instance "has instructed the National Brigade probing terrorist crimes and crimes against the security of the national territory with initiating an investigation and conducting necessary technical requisitions on the audio recordings attributed to Nadia Akacha, former chief of staff of the President," the court's information officer said on a statement yesterday, according to the Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency.

The recordings have been circulating widely on Tunisian social media accounts and appear to be of Akacha criticising Saied for the way he ran the country and for not acknowledging his health issues.

"He will end up very badly, because he is ill and does not recognise his illness. … His family aggravates his case and makes him crazy," Akacha reportedly said.

Akacha has denied that it was her who was speaking in the recordings.

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