More than 30 NGOs slam Tunisia economic crimes amnesty

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President Kais Saied attending a cabinet meeting in the capital Tunis. (AFP file photo)
  • Tunisian President Kais Saied has put money-laundering crimes including theft of public funds
  • The criminal reconciliation decree do not jail the offender but allows for the 'payment of sums of money'

More than 30 local and international organizations called Tuesday for the suspension of a Tunisian presidential decree offering non-penal sentences for economic crimes.

The amnesty decree issued by President Kais Saied, a former law professor, on March 21 covers crimes including theft of public funds and money laundering.

Rather than prosecuting and sentencing offenders to jail time, the “criminal reconciliation” decree allows for the “payment of sums of money” or investment in national or local initiatives.

The amnesty would also be open to those already convicted.

“The criminal reconciliation decree feeds impunity and hides the truth,” 34 organizations, including rights organizations and other advocacy groups, said in a statement.

Saied suspended parliament and assumed sweeping powers in July last year.


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