Tunisia: Family of detained Ennahda figure Said Ferjani condemns lack of ‘law or due process’ under President Saied
Ferjani, a senior member of the Ennahda party, was detained this week amid successive rounds of questioning both before and during his imprisonment.
The 68-year-old has been "asked everything" about his life since the 2011 Arab Spring, but no clear or evidence-based charges have been launched again him, the family told The New Arab.
Ferjani’s arrest comes amid a crackdown on Tunisia’s opposition after Saied suspended parliament and sacked the prime minister in 2021 in a move labelled as a "coup".
Since then Saied has assumed near-dictatorial powers, instituting a new authoritarian constitution, curtailing the powers of the judiciary, and imprisoning scores of political opponents.
"The chaos is what’s problematic," Seifeddine Ferjani, Said's son, told The New Arab.
"There is no administrative rationality under Kais. It has nothing to do with the law and due process."
It seems the lies are so ridiculous that they have destroyed any concept of fairness in Tunisia.. unfortunately these clowns are targeting my father.. who is behind them, who pays them, why they say things that easily disproved is anybody’s guess. But we will find out. 1 pic.twitter.com/7jRelIbxj8— Seifeddine Ferjani (@Ferjani9arwi) February 28, 2023
Ferjani said "conspiracies" on social media were being used to concoct fabricated charges against his father, adding that "nothing being spread was true".
He said there were rumours the 68-year-old recently tried to flee to Algeria or Libya, but in actuality, he was attending his brother's funeral in Tunisia.
Photos shared by Seifeddine Ferjani show Facebook posts relating to allegations of his father’s involvement in incitement, bribes and threats.
"It is trial by Facebook," he said.
Said Ferjani is a long-time member of the Ennahda movement, a moderate Tunisian Islamist party which held the largest number of seats in the parliament dissolved by Saied in 2021.
He was previously detained and tortured when President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was in power in Tunisia and later exiled to London.
On February 11 this year, Tunisian authorities launched a campaign of arrests targeting opponents of Kais Saied, including leading figures in the National Salvation Front, and Ennahda.
They face accusations of "conspiring against the security of the state and being behind the crisis of basic goods shortages and rising prices" and "being in communication with foreign agents".
Seifeddine Ferjani said Tunisia is a "slow-moving car crash. People are waking up to the fact that this is happening.
"I hope it’s not too late."