Law only response to prejudice to State's interests (Defence) | Tunisia News Gazette

Law only response to prejudice to State’s interests (Defence)

The Ministry of National Defence has said that the law remains the only response to the prejudices to the interests of the state and the reputation of the military institution and its leaders through rumors, especially in a context of security challenges.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the ministry denounced the “erroneous and impertinent” statements of some parties that are “likely to mislead public opinion and harm the military institution.”

The military institution refuses to take part in “sterile discussions” with those who wish to sow doubt about its capacities and those of its personnel, emphasised the ministry.

The department focuses on issues related to national security and there is no justification for disclosing state secrets and damaging its interests and relations with brotherly and friendly countries, the source said.

It added that the Ministry of Defence has been committed since its inception to remaining totally neutral and to respecting the instructions of the President of the Republic, in his capacity as the supreme commander of the armed forces, the statement said.

Former President of the Republic Moncef Marzouki said in an interview with Qatari channel Al-Jazeera the security forces did nothing to protect the US embassy in the September 14, 2012 attack.

Marzouki said he decided to call on the presidential guard units to avoid a possible military intervention in Tunisia.

For his part, Abdelkrim Zbidi, former Minister of Defence, described as “erroneous” the remarks made by former President Moncef Marzouki.

“This information is totally unfounded and the story has been falsified,” he said, claiming to have irrefutable evidence about his statements and the circumstances surrounding the attack on the US embassy.

It should be noted that the public prosecutor at the permanent military court had announced the initiation of a judicial inquiry into the statements made by Moncef Marzouki for revealing military issues threatening the internal security of the State.

Source: TAP News Agency

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