Sami Fehri, TV producer and director of Ettounsiya Television, started an indefinite ‘dry’ hunger strike today, confirmed his attorney Sonia Dahmani. In such a hunger strike, Fehri will refuse not only food but also water.
“He was optimistic, believing that he would be released,” said Dahmani.
“But now that he realized that there is no will from the authorities to release him, he resorted to a hunger strike as a tool to make his voice heard.”
Concerned of the hunger strike’s effect on his health, Dahmani stated, “I do not think he can resist the hardships of the hunger strike. He is not in a a strong enough condition to tolerate not eating or drinking for a long period.”
Fehri faced corruption charges this year for his association with Belhassen Trabelsi, the brother-in-law of former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, and the misappropriation of national television resources for Cactus Productions company, which Fehri co-owned with Trabelsi.
Fehri was detained over three months ago. However, on November 28, the Court of Appeals rejected the accusations of corruption against the TV producer and returned his case to another indictment chamber. In the meantime, Fehri’s lawyers have maintained that their defendant ought to have been released following the court’s decision.