Tunisia: Media mogul’s arrest rocks presidential race

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – The arrest of a Tunisian media magnate who’s a number one presidential candidate is rattling this nation’s younger democracy and throwing the marketing campaign into uncertainty.

Supporters of tycoon Nabil Karoui mentioned Satrday that he’s being focused for political causes forward of the Sept. 15 election. Karoui was detained whereas campaigning Friday and he and his brother had been jailed on allegations of tax evasion and cash laundering.

The pinnacle of the election authority mentioned Saturday that Karoui can stay a candidate so long as he isn’t convicted. He’s amongst 26 candidates in search of the presidency within the election, rapidly organized after Tunisia’s first democratically elected president died in workplace final month.

The Tunis public prosecutor mentioned Saturday the arrest was in step with Tunisian regulation, and rejected the brothers’ request to carry a journey ban and asset freeze.

A senior member of Karoui’s Coronary heart of Tunisia celebration, Iyadh Elloumi, mentioned Saturday that he’s a “political prisoner” and accused Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and his household of plotting in opposition to the tycoon.

Chahed can be a number one candidate within the elections.

Karoui’s celebration mentioned it’s fearful concerning the businessman’s well being and security and known as on the performing president to launch him. In a press release, it known as the arrest a “fascist” transfer paying homage to actions underneath former autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, overthrown in a 2011 revolution.

Tunisia unleashed the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011 and is the one nation to emerge with a functioning democracy, however its leaders have failed to spice up the economic system or stop Islamic extremist assaults.

Tunisia’s justice minister ordered an investigation into the circumstances of the arrest to make sure it’s in line with regulation, in line with Radio Mosaique.

The pinnacle of once-powerful Islamist celebration Ennahdha, Rached Ghannouchi, was amongst different politicians who’ve weighed in. He mentioned at a rally Friday: “We aren’t completely satisfied about this arrest or the disruption of the actions of any celebration or political chief.”

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