Former Tunisian Minister of Interior Abdallah Kallel along with other Ben Ali era government officials – Mohamed Ali Ganzoui, Abderrahmen Kassmi, and Mohamed Ennacer Alibi – were all sentenced today to two years of prison in the Barraket Essahel case at the military court.
“Post-revolutionary judiciary is unfortunately not independent,” stated Leith Kallel, son of the accused former Minister of the Interior. “The file on my father is devoid of any clear evidence against him.”
The accused were charged with ordering the arrest and torture of several
officers from the National Army, who were allegedly plotting a coup d’état against former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in the 1990s.
According to TAP, Hassen Ghodhbani, a defense laywer in the trial, confirmed that his team will appeal against today’s sentence in order to “reach a fair judgement.”