Tunis: Noureddine Bhiri, a former Tunisia minister of justice, refused food and medicine after being transferred to the hospital, a member of the delegation who visited him told AFP yesterday. Inspired by Islam, which President Kais Saied considers an enemy, Billi, the vice president of the Ennahda Party, was arrested by a plainclothes police officer on Friday, and his whereabouts were initially unknown. Ennahdha played a central role in Tunisia’s politics until last year’s seize of power by President Kais Saied.
Tunisia was the only democracy that emerged from the Arab Spring Rebellion 10 years ago, but civil society groups and opposition to Sayed became authoritarian ten years after the revolution that defeated long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. He expressed his fear of returning. On Sunday, activists and former lawmaker Enafuda said Billy was in crisis and facing death.
However, sources told AFP that 63-year-old Bhiri “is not in a critical situation for the time being.” Sources told AFP that a joint team of Tunisian independence prevention group INPT and the United Nations Rights Commission visited Bili on Sunday at a hospital in a town in northern Bizerte, asking them not to name them. He is “energetic and clear” and is carefully observed in a private room in the hospital’s cardiovascular ward.
However, since Friday, Billi “refused to take food and medicine and urged him to be transferred to the hospital” two days later, sources said. Samir Dilou, a lawyer and former Ennahdha MP, accused Bhiri’s arrest of being “political” and an abuse of the judicial system.
He said at a Tunisia press conference that he was accused of “kidnapping” Saeed and Interior Minister Taufik Sharfedin. Billy’s wife, Saida Akremi, also a lawyer, said he was suffering from a “heart attack” and was denied access to him because she refused to sign the documents requested by security services. I told reporters. On Sunday, Billi suffered from several chronic illnesses, including diabetes and high blood pressure, said Monder Ounissi, a doctor and member of the Nahda administration.
He was “deprived of his medicine” and “his life was threatened,” Ounissi said, adding that Bhiri usually takes 16 tablets a day. The Interior Ministry on Friday said two individuals were ordered under house arrest without identifying them. He said the move was “a precautionary measure determined by the need to maintain national security.”
The anti-torture group INPT has identified the second person in custody as Fathi Baldi, a former Home Office employee. The president “has full responsibility for Mr. Billi’s life,” the anti-said group “citizens against the coup,” said on Twitter on Sunday. “I was taken to the hospital in very serious condition,” he said. On July 25, Saeed dismissed the government backed by Nahda, suspended parliament, and showed his position as the final interpreter of the Constitution. He later took steps to govern by decree and vowed to push for reform of the political system in early December. – AFP
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