The former head of Tunisia’s Anti-Corruption Committee has been placed under house arrest hours after security forces took control of the commission’s headquarters.
Chawki Tabib who was the head of the independent authority from 2016 until he was dismissed by former Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh in 2020 disclosed his arrest on Facebook calling it a violation of his right guaranteed by law and the constitution.
Security forces cordoned off the headquarters of the Anti-Corruption Committee and evacuated its employees on Friday, in what appeared to be an attempt by the authority to protect any corruption files.
Late last month, president Kais Saied announced the sacking of the prime minister, the suspension of Parliament and the lifting of parliamentary immunity for the 217 lawmakers who make up Tunisia’s lower house; a move that has sent series of shock to Tunisia and the international community about the future of the democratic system that the country adopted after its 2011 revolution that triggered the Arab Spring.
Critics and opposition leaders tagged the president’s moves a “coup”, a characterisation rejected by Saied.