Tunisian president brought in to answer for Belaid killing

Published February 28th, 2013 - 12:41 GMT
A Tunisian protestor holds a placard featuring killed opposition leader Chokri Belaid during a demonstration. (AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID)
A Tunisian protestor holds a placard featuring killed opposition leader Chokri Belaid during a demonstration. (AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID)

Tunisian president, Moncef Marzouki, has testified in the investigation into the slaying of opposition politician, Chokri Belaid, AFP reported on Thursday.

Prior to his killing on February 6, Belaid was reportedly receiving death threats, prompting the investigation. The late politician was an outspoken critic of the government before he was gunned down outside his front door. 

"President Moncef Marzouki received this morning the judge of the Tunis first instance tribunal who heard his testimony as a witness in the assassination of Chokri Belaid," a statement from the president's office read.

The incident sparked protests and strikes across Tunisia and caused deep divisions in the ruling Ennahda party with prime minister, Hamadi Jebali, calling for the dissolution of the government and resigning last week. 

Belaid's family and supporters remain convinced that the Tunisian government ordered the alleged assasination of the poltician.   

"As far as I am concerned, the president knows who ordered the murder, those who decided to kill Chokri," Belaid's brother, Abdelmajid Belaid, told AFP on Thursday.

 

 


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