Security forces arrested yesterday three brothers of Mohamed Amri, one of the martyrs of the revolution, who are suspected of involvement in a police station attack on Tuesday, January 1. The arrest took place in the Amri family’s house in the town of Thala in Kasserine governorate.
“The youngest brother, Issam, was released while the other two – Ahmed and Khaled – are still in detention,” Monia Bouali, a lawyer living in Thala and neighbor of the Amri family, told Tunisia Live.
For the lawyer of the three brothers, Charfeddine Kellil, the arrest was unlawful. “The security forces raided the house of the Amri family in an illegal, criminal, and brutal manner,” Kellil said in an interview with Tunisian radio Mosaique FM.
He additionally claimed that the police raid did not abide by standard security procedures in respecting the dignity of citizens and that there are no grounds for their arrest. Kellil stated to Mosaique FM that consequently he felt obliged to initiate a lawsuit against the police, whom he considered “aggressors,” for the nature of the raid.
The spokesperson of the Interior Ministry, Khaled Tarrouche, told Mosaique FM that the arrest took place in accordance with the law and followed an approval by the attorney general.
Jaber Amri, another brother of the martyr, captured on video the state of the family’s house following the raid and sent it to collective blog Nawaat. According to the footage, the house was severely damaged.
“More than 20 policemen raided the house and threw tear gas. They aggressed my sister and then arrested my three brothers,” said Jaber in the video.
According to Nawaat, the family was targeted by the police because of their persistent demands to know the truth surrounding the death of Mohamed Amri during the revolution.
Bouali, nevertheless, said that the three brothers were under the influence of drugs and marijuana, which is commonly known as zatla in the Tunisian dialect, when they attacked the police station.
“They attacked a policeman and beat him up violently, which led to their arrest by security forces while they were hiding out in their house,” explained Bouali.