The new development today in the case of the martyr’s assassination is the fact that there is an official judicial version of the formation of an association of a group of people belonging to the Ennahdha movement since 2012 to have some personalities assassinated. This association led to the intended result, namely the assassination of Chokri Belaid on February 6, 2012,” said member of martyr Chokri Belaid’s defence team Abdennaceur Laouini.
Speaking at a press briefing held on Wednesday in Tunis to present the developments in Belaid’s case, Laouini said that the Court of Appeal had confirmed last November 27 the indictment division’s ruling to bring defendants Fethi Damak, Tahar Boubahri, Kamel El Aifi, Belhassen Nakkach and Ali Ferchichi to trial over “formation of an association to commit all kinds of terrorist crimes.”
The latter are members of Ennahdha Movement, including leaders and an adviser to former Interior Minister Ali Laarayedh.
The indictment division said in its ruling, confirmed by the Cou
rt of Appeal, that the association had led to the assassination of Chokri Belaid, according to recordings related to businessman Fethi Dammak, featuring a conversation about the assassination of Belaid, which was on a list of other assassinations.
By affirming this truth, there is no room for adopting another version, including the one that presents Belaid’s assassination as a response to the so-called “Om Yomna” operation during which the wife of Ansar Charia military leader Ridha Sebtaoui had been killed by the security forces, the lawyer indicated.
Group coordinator Tahar Bou Bahri, former Interior Minister Ali Laarayedh, Kamel El Aifi who has been at large since 2021, Belhassen Nakkach, Ali Ferchichi and Mustapha Kedher are among those involved in this case.
Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse