A group of journalists, private citizens and human rights activists protested interference in the judiciary in the case of director of Ennounsiya TV Sami Fehri, demonstrating in front the Mornaguia prison yesterday, December 24.
Organized by the president of the “Support Fehri” committee, Tahar Ben Hassine, the protest aimed to show solidarity with Fehri.
According to Ben Hassine, the chairman of Al Hiwar Tounsi TV channel who was present in yesterday’s protest, a group of activists and jurists participated, such as Bochra Belhaj Hmida, a lawyer and a human rights activist, Emna Mnif, ex-spokesperson of Afek Tounes party, and Issam Chebbi and Iyed Dahmeni opposition members of the National Constituent Assembly affiliated with al-Joumhouri party.
“The objectives of this protest are twofold: to defend the independence of the judiciary and to call for Fehri’s freedom,” stated Sonia Dahmani, Fehri’s attorney.
Dahmani confirmed yesterday to Tunisia Live that Fehri decided on Saturday to resume his dry hunger strike after being convinced by Chebbi to suspend it for four days. She also stated that his health is deteriorating, as he lost 12 kilograms during these last weeks.
Fehri has been detained for over three months after being accused of corruption for his association with Belhassen Trabelsi, the brother-in-law of former president Zined el-Abidine Ben Ali. Fehri was accused of misappropriating of national television resources for Cactus Productions company, which Fehri co-owned with Trabelsi.
But 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.