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.
Fehri’s lawyer, Abdelaziz Essid, said that his client must still appear before a court on charges against him, according to radio station Mosaique FM.
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.
Fehri’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.
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