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Director of Tunisia’s Mosaique FM arrested

February 21, 2023 at 10:49 am

Mosaique FM, director, Noureddine Boutar [Twitter]

The private radio station Mosaique FM in Tunisia announced the decision by the investigating judge to imprison its Director, Noureddine Boutar, on charges related to abuse of power and money laundering.

The radio station quoted lawyer Ayoub Al-Ghadamsi as saying that the investigating judge issued the decision based on the “use of the liberal line of Mosaique FM to insult the highest hierarchy of power and symbols of the state and inflame the situation in the country.” Al-Ghadamsi added that the charge against the station director was “vengeful”.

Boutar was arrested as part of a campaign of security arrests that included dismissed politicians and judges and prominent businessman Kamal Al-Latif.

President Kais Saied says he is working to combat corruption and correct the course of the revolution, while his opponents accuse him of using the judiciary to quash the opposition to strengthen his powers in governance.

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