An investigation has been opened in the Tunisian Parliament by deputies to uncover and prosecute the parties and entities involved in the case of the “suspicious” financial transfers carried out by an officer in Qatar’s armed forces for purposes related to the financing of terrorism and fueling chaos and instability in Tunisia and the region.
The new documents revealed by the deputy from the Al Hurra parliamentary bloc, the representative of the movement Machrou Tunis, Sahbi Ben Faraj, revealed the involvement of some military officials and civilians who benefited from Qatari funds for unknown purposes, especially after suspicious money transfers were made by a “retired general in the Qatari armed forces to some Tunisian banks”.
It was revealed that the account included funds derived from an account under the name of the Qatari Armed Forces, which is part of the bank account of the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Tunisia.
In this context, Faraj said in a statement to Al Arabiya.net that his bloc in the parliament intends to “follow up the file to reveal the circumstances and details of this serious case and the whereabouts of those involved in it, by questioning the Minister of Defense to know the results of the investigation opened by the military judiciary about the involvement of military personnel.”
He added that communications will be established with the central bank to learn about the transactions of the Qatari Brigadier General, the identity of the associations or organizations that benefited from this account, the parties behind them and the objectives behind this funding, to uncover the truth away from any attempt of blackout.
Two days ago, Faraj revealed that his parliamentary bloc received last Tuesday after a great urgency, a correspondence from the Central Bank, in response to the question of MP Marwan Al falafel, on the subject of Qatari remittances.
Suspicious funds amount to $2 bln
The official spokesman for the two financial and counter-terrorism tribunals, Sufian al-Sulaiti, said last June that the preliminary investigation on the issue of remittances from Qatar to Tunisia indicated that “it concerns the financing of a refugee camp in southern Tunisia,” hosting Libyan refugees during the Libyan revolution, noting that “the Public Prosecution has been investigating this issue since 2014, after receiving a notice from the Central Bank Governor that a Qatari national received transfer of approximately 8 million dinars ($ 3.2 million) from Tunisian banks.
On the Qatari citizen’s activity, al-Sulaiti said, according to preliminary research, that “he came to Tunisia in 2011 after the outbreak of the crisis of the displaced Libyans, to carry out the task of funding the camp under the supervision and funding of the Ministry of Defense of Qatar. His task was to implement the refugee camp in the state of Tataouine. As such, he opened an account under his name, and the Ministry of Defense officially transferred a sum of money to that account in Tataouine through the Tunisian banking system.”