Tunisia military court upholds jail term for anti-Saied MP

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Tunisian President Kais Saied. (File photo: Jordan News)

TUNIS — A Tunisian military court upheld a one-year prison sentence Friday against a prominent critic of President Kais Saied convicted of “attacking the dignity of the army”, his lawyer told AFP.اضافة اعلان

The Tunis Military Court of Appeal also banned Seifeddine Makhlouf, head of Islamist nationalist party Al-Karama, from working as a lawyer for five years, lawyer Anouar Ouled Ali said.

Makhlouf had been arrested in September over a dispute with military judges and handed a year-long suspended prison sentence in February, after losing his parliamentary immunity following a power grab by Saied last year.

On Friday, a judge ordered him to serve the jail time, but his lawyer said he would appeal.

Makhlouf, who remains at large, is also appealing a five-month prison sentence after being found guilty of insulting police during a standoff at Tunis airport in March 2021.

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