The Minister of the Interior held a press conference yesterday, Monday 3 January 2022, which does not live up to any standard in the field. Journalists were seen as a recording box useful only for passing on his words, without asking questions to interrogate him, confusing him in his contradictions, or simply interpreting his words.
Taoufik Charfeddine, however, began by saluting the media representatives by reminding them that they are like the police, instructors and truth seekers. In any case, his statements during this conference are not very reminiscent of the truth, as there was so much gossip, mysteries, and unknowns. The Minister did not even mention the names of the persons he mentioned. Here are a number of questions that journalists could have asked the Minister if he had respect for his position and the media.
1 / Why is he inviting the foreign press, especially Turkish, to his conference and zapping some of the Tunisian media, especially the mainstream media and Business News in particular, when the issue is Tunisian-Tunisian?
2 / Who are the two people behind him?
3 / Why does he not want a question-and-answer session that is crucial in this kind of meetings and in the light of the circumstances?
4 / How is the case of forgery of passports related to the terrorism he mentioned?
5 / In everything he announced, there is nothing affecting national security. Where, then, is this threat which he made at the beginning of the conference and which justified the application of Decree 50 of 1978 on house arrest?
6 / The minister spoke of a judicial inquiry, but it did not lead to the arrest of Noureddine Bhiri and Fathi Beldi. In the absence of evidence, or because the judge would be complicit in Noureddine Bhiri?
7 / The minister said he was impatiently waiting for the prosecutor’s reaction and urged the justice minister to react in this direction, does that mean the prosecution and his fellow minister are also complicit in Noureddine Bhiri?
8 / What does the prosecution (and the minister) have to do with this story, since there is already a judicial investigation and the case is theoretically no longer within their jurisdiction, but rather the responsibility of an investigating judge?
9 / The minister is talking about suspected terrorism, and according to him the facts go back to 2013. However, he calls for a violation of the law from 2015. Does he know that there is an error in the procedures?
10 / The minister spent over a minute talking about his own patriotism, his commitment to the country and his expectations. What does this have to do with today’s topic?
11 / The minister devoted almost half of the conference to a topic other than Noureddine Bhiri’s topic, namely an unknown person who has allegedly harmed security agents and whom he will prosecute in military court. What does this have to do with today’s topic?
12 / Is Samir Dilou or Abderrazak Kilani the target of this procedure? If so, does he intend to hold other affairs together with other Islamists?
13 / The Minister goes back and forth between two topics that have nothing to do with each other beforehand. Going back to Bhiri’s history, he says he asked the governor to consider the former minister as his guest. Can a terrorist suspect be considered a guest of the governor?
14 / Does the governor intend to receive guests suspected of terrorism?
15 / Does the state no longer have prisons or jails to house terror suspects?
16 / The minister says he offered Noureddine Bhiri’s wife a visit from her husband, but she refused. What were the conditions imposed by her ward that caused her to refuse the visit of her hospitalized husband?
17 / Noureddine Bhiri’s defense committee is urging police to mistreat the suspect. How about this?
18 / Why did we wait 72 hours before revealing the place of house arrest?
19 / Why were Noureddine Bhiri and Fathi Beldi not allowed to contact their lawyers and contact their families as required by law?
20 / Now that they are under house arrest, what exactly is happening? Are there instructions? Who is the judge?
21 / The Minister raises the possibility that the two house arrests seize the administrative court, has he given them a document informing them of their state of captivity as required by law?
22 / The Minister raises the issue of forgery of passports, while passports are issued by his own department and not by the Ministry of Justice. How many Home Office agents are involved in this case and are they also under house arrest?
23 / The Minister raises the issue of issuing certificates of nationality. How many agents from the Ministry of Justice are involved in this case, and are they also under house arrest?
Raouf Ben Hedi