Tunisian police arrest presidential candidate over tax evasion

TUNIS (dpa)- Tunisian security forces arrested presidential candidate Nabil Karoui on Friday on charges of money laundering and tax evasion, local media reported.
​A source from Karoui's presidential campaign confirmed the arrest of the politician and his brother Ghazi, who runs media and communications companies, near the city of Majaz al-Bab.

Nessma, a TV channel owned by Karoui, reported that the candidate had been kidnapped and his whereabouts were still unknown.
There was no official comment on Karoui's arrest. 
Earlier this month, 26 candidates including two women were admitted as candidates in Tunisia's early presidential elections, slated for September 15.
Tunisia's first democratically-elected president, Beji Caid Essebsi, died on July 25, five months before the end of his term. Presidential elections were pushed forward to September 15 as a result.
Essebsi was elected in December 2014 and subsequently steered Tunisia through its democratic transition in the wake of the 2011 revolt that toppled long-time autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
The North African country is widely seen as the sole democratic success story of the 2010-11 Arab Spring revolts, but has struggled with an economic slowdown and social unrest.

Friday, August 23rd 2019

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