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Tunisia: the former head of the presidential cabinet sentenced in absentia


The former head of the presidential cabinet in Tunisia was sentenced on Tuesday January 17 in absentia to 14 months in prison in connection with...

The former head of the presidential cabinet in Tunisia was sentenced on Tuesday (January 17th) in absentia to 14 months in prison in connection with sound recordings containing derogatory remarks towards President Kais Saied, according to media reports.

A series of sound recordings attributed to Nadia Akacha evoking behind the scenes of the palace and meetings of President Saied with foreign dignitaries had been massively shared on social networks in April 2021, making headlines in Tunisia.

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These recordings were released three months after Nadia Akacha resigned from her post after being the president's closest aide for two years.

Nadia Akacha had denied the comments attributed to her, which also included gossip about the president and his in-laws.

The Tunis prosecutor's office opened an investigation in early May to determine the authenticity of these recordings.

Prosecuted by the president's sister-in-law implicated in these recordings, Nadia Akacha, who left Tunisia after her resignation, was sentenced on Tuesday in absentia to 14 months in prison by the Tunis court of first instance, according to several Tunisian media.

A lawyer by training, Nadia Akacha was appointed legal adviser in the presidential cabinet at the end of 2019 before becoming in January 2020 the director of the cabinet of President Saied.

She accompanied him on all his trips, in Tunisia and abroad.

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She had announced her resignation citing "

fundamental differences of opinion, in relation to the interest

" of the country.

According to the media, she moved to France after leaving her post.

After months of political blockage, Kais Saied, elected at the end of 2019, assumed full powers at the end of July 2021 by dismissing the Prime Minister and suspending Parliament, before dissolving it in March 2022. His detractors accuse him of establish a new autocracy in the country that was the cradle of the Arab Spring in 2011.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-01-17

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