The Tunisian Commission for the Defense of the Independence of the Judiciary called on the country to “respect the de facto independence of the judiciary and avoid all kinds of provocative speech and action”.
In his speech at a panel titled “Defend the Independence of the Judiciary” held in the capital Tunisia, Mohammed Afif Caidi, Member of the Commission for the Defense of the Independence of the Judiciary, said that there are serious questions about the independence of the judiciary in the country.
“Tunisians and non-governmental organizations reject the politicization of the judiciary or political interference in the judiciary,” Caidi said. said.
Caidi, who called for the de facto independence of the judiciary to be respected and to avoid all kinds of provocative statements and actions aimed at this, demanded that the international rules regarding the right to an independent and fair trial be adhered to.
There were international and regional participation in the panel, such as “Lawyers Without Borders”, “International Commission of Lawyers”, “World Organization Against Torture”, “Denmark Institute for the Fight Against Torture” and “Human Rights Watch”.
In Tunisia, President Kays Said abolished the “Supreme Judicial Council”, an independent constitutional institution that he accused of not being independent and prolonging the duration of cases, with a decree issued in February 2022 and established the “Interim Supreme Judicial Council”.
Again, 57 judges accused by Said of “obstructing the judiciary by preventing investigations on corruption and terrorism” in the country were dismissed with a decree published on 1 June 2022.