A Tunisian court has barred the speaker of the country’s now-disbanded parliament from leaving the country, according to a court spokesperson.
According to a court official, the interdiction against Rached Ghannouchi is part of an investigation into possible obstruction of justice in connection with the assassination of two left-wing politicians in 2013.
According to Fatima Bouqtaya, a spokesperson for the court in the Tunis suburb of Ariana, the travel ban was issued on “34 accused in this case, including Rached Ghannouchi.”
Ghannouchi is the leader of the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party, which has dominated Tunisian politics since the revolution.
President Kais Saied, who suspended the Ennahdha-dominated parliament, dismissed the prime minister, and assumed administrative powers in July 2021, is a strong adversary of Ghannouchi, 81.
In March of this year, Saied dissolved parliament. His actions have fuelled fears of a return to dictatorship in a country where a 2011 revolution sparked the region’s pro-democracy Arab Spring movement.
In January, Tunisia’s judiciary started an investigation into the suspects for allegedly “concealing information” related to the murders of Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi nine years ago.
Both deaths were claimed by the Islamic State, but Ennahdha detractors, including the brother of one of the victims, accused the party of “manipulating and slowing down” the investigation.