For criticising President Kais Saied and calling for protests, former President Moncef Marzouki has been sentenced by a Tunisian court on Wednesday in absentia to four years in prison.
The court found against Marzouki on charges of “assaulting the external security of the state”.
After Tunisia’s 2011 revolution that introduced democracy, Marzouki was elected by an appointed assembly as the interim president, overseeing the transition to a new constitution in 2014.
Marzouki, who lives in Paris called for protests against Saied and urged that a major international meeting of French-speaking countries be moved from Tunisia.
In July, Saied seized powers, suspended parliament and made plans to change the constitution, a move his opposition tagged a coup.
Saied has rejected the accusations. He said he acted to end protracted political paralysis and that a referendum will be held next year on a new constitution followed by parliamentary elections.