By Nissaf Slama | Sep 11 2013Ben Ali ,cactus productions ,corruption ,Ettounisya ,Sami Fehri ,
Television producer Sami Fehri, who had been controversially detained for over a year on corruption charges, was released tonight following a decision by the Tunis Court of Appeals.
Fehriâ€™s lawyer, Abdelaziz Essid, said that his client must still appear before a court on charges against him, according to radio station Mosaique FM. [display_posts type=”related” limit=”3″ position=”right”]
Essid also stated that his client had remained in prison for over a year despite never being convicted on any of the charges.
Fehri had been detained since August 2012 after being accused of corruption for his association with Belhassen Trabelsi, the brother-in-law of former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Fehri was accused of misappropriating national television resources for the Cactus Productions company, which Fehri co-owned with Trabelsi. The company produces some of Tunisia’s most popular television programming.
Fehriâ€™s lawyers had claimed that he should have been released last November after an appellate court rejected the accusations of corruption against Fehri and returned his case to another court.