The weekly Acharâa El Magharibi, under the pen of its director Kaouther Zantour, published on Tuesday, August 9, a long analytical article that was interesting about the tension between the President of the Republic, Kaïs Saïed and his Minister of Justice, Leila Jaffel.
Business News translates the most important excerpts for you.
More than two months have passed without the President of the Republic receiving his Minister of Justice, Leïla Jaffel. The head of state would be irritated by the mismanagement of the case for cleaning up the judiciary. A case that started with a major failure, namely the list of dismissed judges.
The last time the President of the Republic received his Minister of Justice dates back to June 6, 2022. We have tried to keep the story quiet, but persistent rumors are beginning to circulate behind the scenes in the political world.
The President has received numerous reports on a number of matters, the most important of which is the “List of Dismissals of 57 Judges” published by Presidential Decree. This decree is indeed signed by Kaïs Saïed, but the responsibility for drawing up this list rests primarily with the Minister of Justice.
Exceptionally, the Presidency of the Republic did not decree a special pardon for prisoners on the occasion of Eid El-Idha (July 9), causing harm to many prisoners.
The reason would be the president’s anger against the minister who has been removed from the palace for some time. The president would have let the traditional amnesty pass, so he was not obliged to receive the minister at the same time as the members of the pardon commission.
According to leaks, there would be a real cut between the president and the minister. The president wants to make her the scapegoat so that she alone bears the responsibility for the dismissal of the 57 judges and from there dismiss her at the next cabinet reshuffle. The minister is almost frozen and has been removed from decision-making circles after a real breach of trust with the president of the republic. On the cause of this breach, a confidential report of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary qualified itself as serious and honest. This report returned to the dismissal of the judges and believes that the minister rushed into her decision. He undermined the minister, accused of doing away with a number of her fellow judges and misleading the president. The report would have given rise to around 42 judges among the 57 dismissed.
In addition to the report from the CSM, there would be another report prepared by a commission set up by the Ministry of Defense which would have investigated a number of controversial cases and which led to the conclusion that there were several frauds and bad judgments. which has weakened the credibility of the President of the Republic.
Far from these two confidential reports, there was a delay in the announcement of the administrative court’s decisions about the dismissed magistrates. Ms. Jaffel reportedly asked the president to delay the publication of his decision following statements by lawyers for dismissed judges who argued that the Justice Department did not provide evidence to support the dismissal decisions. (…)
Despite the criticism, Leïla Jaffel continued her work as head of the Ministry of Justice and was asked to draw up a list of corrupt judges. The list was compiled and sent to the president along with reports similar to police fact sheets. Kaïs Saïed validated the list and published his decree without verifying the correctness of the elements provided, without extending his consultation and without listening to the CSM, which expressed its reservations.
The dismissal decision has become a real dilemma for the president, who has become the target of fierce criticism in Tunisia and abroad. The statements in defense of several dismissed judges cast doubt on the real motives for this decision. It was clear then that it was in no way a matter of cleaning up the judiciary, but rather of bringing the referees to their knees through the settlement of scores and the punishment of referees who refused to comply.
Added to all this are unfavorable reports about Leïla Jaffel in her capacity as judge, then Minister of State Property and finally Minister of Justice.
In any case, Leïla Jaffel cannot alone support the decision signed by the President of the Republic, who is always looking for a scapegoat to explain his mistakes and his failure.
Leïla Jaffel risks joining the list of those recalled who were appointed on the basis of loyalty and not competence. The various senior officials did not learn their lesson despite what happened to their predecessors. Ditto for the President of the Republic who still continues on the same destructive path as the state.
Copyright, Kaouther Zantour, Acharâa El Magharibi
Translation, Business News
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