Tunisian Anti-Corruption Commission to Restart Work after 4 Months of Dormancy

By Mischa Benoit-Lavelle | Mar 30 2012 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

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The Kasbah, seat of the Tunisian Prime Ministry

After a nearly four-month hiatus due to the death of its former head last January, Tunisia’s Committee against Corruption and Misappropriation of Funds can begin activity again with the appointment of a new president, Samir Annabi.

According to the state news agency TAP, Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali made the appointment at the recommendation of the deputy minister in charge of governance and the fight against corruption, Abderrahman Ladhgam.

The Tunisian daily Le temps reports that Annabi is a lawyer with experience in corruption and misappropriation of funds cases, and was formerly the president of the Institut Superieur des Avocats, the professional body charged with the training and accreditation of lawyers in Tunisia.

At a press conference on Thursday, Annabi stated his desire to reopen the many dossiers left by the last president and to begin again the process of battling corruption in Tunisia.

The Prime Ministry could not be reached for comment on why the selection process took nearly four months to choose a new head of the committee.

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    In page 9 of the final report of the fact finding committee on bribery and corruption we read:” as soon as they entered the administrative department of the republican palace, the committee noticed the existence of trash bags filled with remnants of different documents showing evidence of a cleansing operation that could have contributed to the destruction or covering of important documents”

    If this happened when the committee is fully functional, one could estimate the volume of documents purged from our archives during the four months dormancy period. if the committee has been put to rest, the “bribery and corruption system” as termed by the Head of the committe, God bless him, never puts to rest.

    We still have a long and rough way to go I would not say to eradicate this monster but at least to attenuate its pernicious effects on our society.