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Two cases have been filed at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha, Tanzania, concerning the detention, prosecution, and maltreatment of a cross section of members of the opposition and a prominent judge in Tunisia.
In the first case, four of the applicants are family members of leading Tunisian opposition politicians: Rached Ghannouchi, the Speaker of the Tunisian Parliament and leader of the opposition; Noureddine Bhiri, a former Minister of Justice; Ghazi Chaouachi, another former minister and co-founder of the Tayyar Party; and Said Ferjani, a member of the Tunisian Parliament until its dissolution by the current President. The fifth applicant is the son of Ridha Bouzayene, whose death during a protest has not been effectively investigated by the Tunisian authorities. Mr Ghannouchi, Mr Bhiri, Mr Chaouachi, and Mr Ferjani all remain in detention and provisional measures have been requested to avoid irreparable harm to them while the proceedings before the Court are pending.
In the second case, the applicant is the son of Bechir Akremi, a member of Tunisia’s career judiciary who served as the Public Prosecutor at the Court of First Instance in Tunis until his unlawful suspension in 2020 and dismissal in 2022. He was then arrested in February 2023 and mistreated while in custody. Mr Akremi also remains in detention. His application focuses both on his dismissal, and his detention and alleged torture.
Rodney Dixon KC represents the applicants in both cases, assisted by Kathryn Howarth and Sebastian Bates.
Selected press coverage of the applications to the Court is available at the following links: