Today, Wednesday, May 12, 2022, the spokesperson for the Zaghouan Court of First Instance issued a statement regarding the statement issued by the General Syndicate of the National Guard yesterday, inviting a group of security personnel to appear before the investigation clerk in the context of criminal investigations.
A spokesman for the Zaghouan court clarified that within the framework of opening a series of prosecutions related to suspicions of financial corruption, the subject of which is extortion and money-grabbing using threats and fraud from a public official, which are directed against a former framework in the Zaghouan Guard Region, a group of agents were invited to be heard as witnesses in these cases.
He added that in adherence to the duty of reservation and commitment to the confidentiality of research and not to defame people, it must be clarified that some of these cases originate from official complaints submitted by direct security personnel and by administrative officials in the region.
The court spokesman called on the General Syndicate of the National Guard to investigate the content of the published cases before issuing statements and to work to support participatory action in the face of corruption, which has become afflicting all state institutions.
The statement recalled that the Public Prosecution or the investigation Registry’s invitation to some members of the National Guard to testify in corruption cases would help uncover the truth and protect the security establishment from suspicions that could be inflicted on it due to abnormal criminal behavior and acts that cannot be measured.
In the same context, the official spokesman denounced the calls not to appear before the judiciary, considering this a dangerous and unusual precedent that would undermine the values of citizenship, the will of the people and the supremacy of the law.
He considered that the call of the General Syndicate of the National Guard to abandon the files pledged by the Zaghouan Court of First Instance remains a legitimate request and in conformity with Basic Law No. 2016-77 dated December 6, 2016 related to the creation of the economic and financial judicial pole, which is legally competent to combat all manifestations of financial corruption and money laundering.
He also recalled that the independence of the judiciary is the most important gain of the Tunisian revolution, and that Tunisian judges are committed to the principles of fair trial, equality and non-discrimination before the law, which is part of the foundations of the state of law, institutions and the democratic system in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 21 of the Constitution, which states that citizens are equal in rights and duties, and they are Both before the law, in addition to the provisions of Chapter 108, which states that every person has the right to a fair trial and that litigants are equal before the judiciary.
He added that all persons, institutions and bodies are accountable in accordance with the laws and on an equal footing without discrimination, which is one of the principles enshrined in the provisions of international law and international covenants, including the Special Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees the supremacy of law and enshrined the rights and freedoms of all citizens, including the right to a fair trial.
The statement stressed that building an independent judiciary is a participatory work in which everyone contributes, including the security institution with all its components, in accordance with Chapter 102 of the Constitution, which states that the judiciary is an independent authority that guarantees the administration of justice, the supremacy of the constitution, the rule of law, and the protection of rights and freedoms, and that the judge is independent and has no authority over it. In his judgment against the law.
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