By Roua Seghaier | Jan 10 2013Farhat Hached ,Houcine Abbassi ,Laurent Fabius ,Le Main Rouge
Secretary General of theÂ Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) Houcine Abbassi submitted a formal request for the release of the archives on the assassination of UGTTâ€™s founder and Tunisian independence movement leader Farhat Hached, state news agency TAP reported.
Abbassi was on an official visit in Paris where he met withÂ French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius on Tuesday, January 8. Abbassi told TAP thatÂ Fabius promised to fulfill the request.
During his meeting with Fabius,Â Abbassi took the opportunity to call on the French government to forgive Tunisian debt and strengthen French investment in Tunisia, TAP reported.
The Ministry of Finance was not available to comment on the implications of such decision if approved.
So far, Hachedâ€™s assassination is associated with the French colonial intelligence services that operated in cooperation with locals under the name of TheÂ Red Hand. Â A former intelligence officer Antoine Melero confessed to participating in Hachedâ€™s assassination in his book, â€œRed Hand: the Republicâ€™s Secret Army,â€ published in 1997.
Melero stated in an Al Jazeera documentary that he would repeat the assassination again. Hachedâ€™s family and UGTT members considered the statement to be a proud acknowledgement of a war crime. They have filed a lawsuit against Melero in cooperation with the International Federation of Human Rights as well as the Human Rights League. No apology was issued.