June 12, 2014
Members of the Constituent Assembly discussed the Terrorism law, specifically the punishments for terrorism. Many of them advocated for stronger punishments, with Samia Abdu, Fatima al-Gharbi, and Ayman bin Muhammad going so far as to reject the punishment of 10-20 years in prison and a fine of 50,000 to 100,000 dinar that was laid out in most other sessions. Meanwhile Nadia Shaban said that the law needed to be reworded to make the punishments proportional to the crimes, and Askandar Bouallaqi suggested that limits on dangerous materials needed to be elucidated.
Yemeena Al-Zighali, head of the Committee of Martyrs and Injured of the Revolution and the Implementation of General Legislative Pardons met with representatives from the Association to Save Political Prisoners and the Association for Dignity for Political prisoners and then spoke with a representative of the Defense Ministry. She said that the Constituent Assembly had missed an opportunity to revise Edict #1 regarding legislative pardons and through this bring justice to the victims of the dictatorial regime. Among the wronged are former soldiers affected by the events at Baraka As-Sahil.
Basheer an-Nufzi, the first deputy to the Constituent Assembly for the Congress for the Republic party, is bringing charges of defamation against Habib al-Rashdi, the General Secretary for the Tunisian Republican Security Union.
The Foreign Ministry confirmed yesterday that the abducted Tunisian diplomats in Libya will be released soon.
The president and bookkeeper of the “Association of Islamic Welfare” were released yesterday evening by the investigating judge after his case was transferred to the prosecuting authority, which will be considering it for the next week. The Association was one of several organizations suspected of funding terrorist groups and several of its members and employees were arrested last May.
Three members of the “Commandoes” squad in the special forces got into a disagreement with a restaurant owner and others present on their night off between Tuesday and Wednesday. The argument, which was allegedly over a woman, quickly got out of hand and led to weapons being drawn, reinforcements being called, and some injuries.
Members of the Interior Security Forces Union in Qairawan said that they would persevere as the only legitimate union for the security sector. They invited members of all units to take part in a protest to be held today in front of the municipal office of the National Guard. The slogans for the protest are “Live in peace, freedom and sacrifice in the way of the National Union for Police,” “Civil protection, prisons, and reform,” and “We are all the National Guard.”
June 13, 2014
Security forces arrested two individuals who were selling detonators in the Bou Mandeel market.
Hosn Bin Barik, the official spokesperson of the outlawed organization Ansar ash-Sharia, was exonerated by the lower court.
Yesterday during a joint press conference Fareed Baji, the president of the Dar al-Hadeeth az-Zeitounia Association and a member of the Tunisian Centre for Global Security Studies, said that Ansar ash-Sharia, the outlawed political and terrorist organization, has certain connections in media outlets that defend it. He added that the organization is getting political cover both inside and outside the Constituent Assembly. He said that while the infiltrations of national organizations by Ansar ash-Sharia are very real, they remain weak, and it is necessary to eliminate them according to the strategy laid out by the Tunisian Centre for Global Security Studies.
His colleague Naser Bin Sultana, the Director of the Centre, largely agreed, saying that the continued lack of strategy was inviting danger to Tunis. Alia Al-Alani, a researcher and specialist in Islamist groups, said that this strategy could allow Tunisia to defeat terrorism.
About 250 members of the security forces demonstrated in Sousa demanding the reinstatement of those officers suspended for firing on someone during a pursuit in Kendar al-Mulawwaheen in Sousa.
A large number of security officials from the National Guard, police, prisons, and civil protection demonstrated in Kasserine against the harassment of union members and called for the cessation of administrative actions taken against four members of the national office of the Internal Security Forces Union.
Six Salafis were sentenced to prison after being convicted of sending youths to join the jihad in Syria.
The ministers for Justice, Defense, and the Interior stormed out of the Constituent Assembly in disgust after a dialogue about the security situation in the country became impossible.
The Constituent Assembly debated a bill regarding the security unit involved in the Baraka As-Sahil issue, in which the Defense ministry resisted any changes to the existing bill.
A discussion of the lack of terror strategy went over the main areas in which Tunisia needs to understand terrorism: treating the circumstances that lead to its spread, prohibiting and fighting it, creating a unified security force capable of fighting terrorism, and including a respect for human rights in the fight against terrorism. Tunisians going to fight abroad in Syria are of particular concern.