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Prominent Tunisian judge under house arrest for hiding terror-related files: Report

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Tunisian security forces placed a judge, accused by human rights groups of being close to extremists and hiding terrorism-related files, under house arrest for 40 days, local Radio Mosaique FM said on Saturday.

The decision against Judge Bechir Akremi came after President Kais Saied pledged to lead a campaign against rampant corruption in all sectors to save the country, following his dismissal of the prime minister and freezing of parliament.

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Tunisia has been thrust into a political crisis by Saied’s move, leading major parties to accuse him of a coup, which he denies.

Two lawmakers were also arrested after he decided to lift their immunity.

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