Tu­nisian In­te­rior Min­is­ter grilled over al­leged se­cu­rity fail­ure


Tu­nisian Min­is­ter of In­te­rior Lotfi Ben Jed­dou ap­peared re­cently be­fore mem­bers of the Na­tional Con­stituent As­sem­bly for ques­tion­ing over an al­leged se­cu­rity fail­ure. The in­quiry was prompted by a leak re­veal­ing In­te­rior Min­istry had prior knowl­edge of an as­sas­si­na­tion plot tar­get­ing op­po­si­tion leader Mo­hamed Brahmi, who was shot dead in front of his house on July 25.

The ses­sion was at­tended by about 124 MPs, as the op­po­si­tion has been boy­cotting the As­sem­bly and call­ing for its dis­so­lu­tion since their with­drawal shortly af­ter the killing took place. Lotfi Ben Jed­dou ad­mit­ted that his min­istry re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about a po­ten­tial threat to Brahmi’s life but was un­able to ver­ify it.

The Al Maghreb daily pub­lished a leaked doc­u­ment im­ply­ing that the In­te­rior Min­istry had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from the US Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency that some salafists were plan­ning to mur­der Brahmi. Tu­nisia’s rul­ing En­nahdha Party re­leased a state­ment to urge the au­thor­i­ties to iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble for the mur­der. The mod­er­ate Is­lamist Party, al­lied with two sec­u­lar par­ties in the rul­ing coali­tion since De­cem­ber 2011, has called the in­ci­dent a “dan­ger­ous se­cu­rity fail­ure.”

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