Slim Chiboub, the son -in –law of Ben Ali and former president of the Espérance football club has been the first to enter into an arbitration agreement with the Truth and Dignity Commission over funds gained possibly through corrupt means under the regime of his Father-in-Law.
Chiboub had previously been imprisoned in Mornaguia Prison between November 2014 and January 2016 on charges of corruption and public money laundering.
The arbitration agreement was requested by Chiboub, and potentially leaves the door open to anyone who has similarly gained illicitly in the past from the state.
Speaking on Shems FM , the chairman of the arbitration and reconciliation commission, Khaled Krichi explained that, following the arbitration process, whatever agreement is reached between Chiboub and the state will nullify all past judgements against Chiboub.
Krichi confirmed that anyone entering into the arbitration process would have the possibility of having all past convictions expunged, including any time remaining on sentences conferred. Similarly, upon entering into an arbitration agreement with the state, all travel restrictions would be lifted and bank accounts freed.
Speaking to Tunisia Live, Mouheb Karoui, the CEO of anti-corruption watchdog I Watch, expressed surprise over today’s news. “We knew that a meeting between Sihem Ben Sedrine and the State’s counsel of the Truth Commission and Dignity Commission was taking place at their headquarters. However, the Commission gave no indication that the case concerned Slim Chiboub.”
Karoui told Tunisia Live that I Watch’s members would hold a meeting later that day in which they would prepare a properly formulated response. “We do not know the content of the agreement, or what it specifies. We are going to ask for a copy from the Commission which should provide one for the media and public.”
Zeineb Marzouk is a journalist at Tunisia Live newsroom. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in English language at the university of Human and social science of Tunis (FSHST). Zeineb speaks Arabic, English, French, and Italian.