Tunisia ex-presidential candidate hospitalised on hunger strike | The Guardian Nigeria News


Hasna, AFP | Nabil Karoui, Tunisian media magnate and would-be presidential candidate, is pictured after registering his candidacy to Tunisia’s electoral commission in the capital Tunis on August 2, 2019.

Tunisian media mogul and former presidential candidate Nabil Karoui has been hospitalised three days after launching a hunger strike protesting his continued pre-trial detention, a justice official said Tuesday.

“The doctor asked that Mr. Karoui be transferred to hospital because of his state of health,” judicial official Mohsen Dali told AFP.

Karoui, 57, leader of the liberal Qalb Tounes party, was taken to hospital on Monday night, after beginning his hunger strike on Saturday, and remains in hospital for tests.

Karoui’s party says he has been held “illegally” since May 5, the end of the maximum six-month period of pre-trial detention allowed in the North African nation.

A judge can intervene to extend that period, but the suspect has a right to appeal.


Source: Guardian Newspaper