Adel Tayari -TDO- (TUNISIA) On Tuesday and Wednesday, 23 and 24 May, the Tunisian authorities arrested a group of businessmen, Shafiq Al-Jaraya, Najib Isma'il, Yassin Al-Shanoufi, Afif Duweib, Redha Al-Ayadi, Salim Zerrouq and Abdel Salam Alunisi. A list of 360 people was also banned from leaving the country.
For reference, Yassin al-Shanofi had been running for presidential elections in 2014,
and Shafiq al-Jaraya is the most controversial in the political arena in the country, and some observers blamed him the severe crisis that the ruling party experienced in Tunis « Nidaa Tounes ». The arrested businessmen were placed under house arrest in a place that all official sources refused to disclose. The news of the arrest of businessmen, especially Shafiq Al-Jaraya and Yasin Al-Shanoufi, sparked a controversy in Tunisia, where some linked to the bloody events in the province of Tataouine in southern Tunisia, while others went on the premise of their involvement in major corruption cases, which was referred to by Imad Trabelsi, the son-in-law of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, in his remarks at a meeting of The Commission for Truth and Honor on Friday 19 May 2017. But all the news in various Tunisian media corresponded to the arrest of businessmen on suspicion of involvement in cases of assault on state security, corruption and bribery. There are also confirmed reports that the arrest of the businessmen was carried out directly by a supreme authority in the country in accordance with the emergency law, and according to confirmed news that another group of arrests of figures and parties suspected of involvement in events related to the country and files of corruption will take place in the coming days.