Saturday, 18 September 2021 08:06 GMT

Tunisian authorities detain lawmaker in connection with criminal charge

(MENAFN) Tunisian authorities detained lawmaker Maher Zaid regarding a criminal charge, days following the country's president sacked the government and potponed parliament.

Inas Harath, the MP’s lawyer declared in a post on Facebook that "Maher Zaid was arrested in the Sidi Hussein area, west of the capital, Tunis, in connection with a case that has been settled since 2018." Zaid was released hours later.

Lotfi Brahem, the former minister of interior, had filed a lawsuit against Maher in February 2018 charging him of "defamation and spreading false information."

He was judged in absentia in May 2018 to two years in jail for insulting late President Beji Caid Essebsi. The ruling, however, was reversed the next day after an appeal.

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