03/08/2022 | 14:01, updated at 10:00
While Tunisia was waiting for the publication in Jort of the draft constitution initiated by the President of the Republic, Kaïs Saïed, the Ministry of the Interior organized a press conference on 24 June 2022 to announce the abort of an assassination plot targeting the head of state.
That day, the ministry highlighted the sensitivity of the situation to explain the hack conference it had arranged. He had also announced on the same day that he had foiled a terrorist attack against a security unit.
Since then, no more information has been communicated to the public opinion, which remains without news about the suspects, their identities and their future. There is no information about the investigations in this case. No details of the alleged “operation” have been released.
The same scenario repeats itself for the 15th time. This alleged foiled assassination plot was not the first. Kaïs Saïed would have escaped two other attempts: the bread stored in the bakery that supplied the palace, and the one with the suspicious envelope sent to Carthage, which, opened by Nadia Akacha – then chief of staff of the president – raped him discomfort. …
Due to a lack of evidence, the case of the poisoned bread murder was dismissed in June 2021.
The alleged facts date back to August 2020. Al Chourouk newspaper, which exposed the case, then indicated that the employee of a bakery at Lac 2 had confessed to the security units that a businessman trained him in a plot to assassinate the head of state. The businessman would have advanced him twenty thousand dinars so that he poisoned the pasta reserved for the consumption of the Presidency of the Republic. After being frightened, the baker confessed everything and the leadership of the fight against crimes in El Gorjani took up the case.
At the time, Carthage categorically denied, but the deputy public prosecutor of the Court of First Instance of Tunis, Mohsen Dali, confirmed that there was an investigation on this subject.
Six months after the outbreak of this affair, and while the investigations were still ongoing in the poisoned bread affair, the web was turned upside down by the news of an alleged assassination of Kaïs Saïed. The information was confirmed the next day, January 28, 2021, by the Presidency of the Republic. The latter mentioned in a press release a new assassination attempt aimed at the head of state, but this time through a poisoned envelope.
Carthage had then claimed that a letter, which did not have the name of the sender, had been sent to the Presidency of the Republic on 25 January. The Chief of Staff, Nadia Akecha opened it and found only an empty envelope. In the aftermath, her state of health worsened, she fainted and almost lost her sight, in addition to a severe migraine. Another staff member of the President’s Cabinet who was present with Nadia Akacha had the same symptoms but was reduced, according to the report from the Presidency of the Republic. The envelope was immediately placed in a shredding machine before being sent to the Ministry of the Interior. In order to ensure the presence of a poisonous substance in the famous envelope – which came to the palace by a miracle – Carthage then noted that its nature needed to be determined.
An investigation was opened, we later learned, but nothing about the progress of the investigations has once again been made public. It was not until May 2022 that the file was put back on the table by internet users when a set of audio recordings attributed to the then outgoing Chief of Staff Nadia Akacha was leaked. Since then, radio silence.
How did the envelope reach Carthage, if it exists? Did it really contain a poisonous substance? Was the target really the President of the Republic? Who are the criminals behind this attempted murder? We don’t know anything.
The withholding of information by the Ministry of the Interior and the Tunisian judiciary does not only concern these cases. Other files were buried in the second which followed their detonation. Never again have we heard of the tunnel that led to the French ambassador’s residence in La Marsa, although it was suspected that it had been dug by terrorists.
Moreover, everything leads to believe that we probably won’t have information any time soon – unless there is an accident that requires diversion – like the billions upon billions looted from the Tunisian people – as Kaïs likes to repeat. Saïed – and which still has not found.