Slim Riahi says freezing of his assets has nothing to do with anti-corruption drive | Tunisia News Gazette

Slim Riahi says freezing of his assets has nothing to do with anti-corruption drive

President of the Free Patriotic Union (UPL) party, Slim Riahi, urged the government to inform the public that the freezing of his assets comes after a case brought against him in 2012 and has nothing to do with the anti-corruption campaign.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday in parliament after his meeting with a group of MPs, Slim Riahi added that “the government’s silence could conceal an intention to instrumentalise this affair, away from any will to fight corruption”.

He said he had appealed to the British courts for the annulment of the decision by the judicial economic and financial division as a precautionary measure, pointing, however, to his confidence in the Tunisian justice away from “political conspiracies” in a context marked by the rise of populism, according to him.

Slim Riahi added that the UPL, which supports the anti-corruption drive launched by the government, refuses the double-standard policy adopted in this file.

A press conference will soon be organised by the party to shed some light on the case brought in Britain.

On the other hand, Slim Riahi affirmed that the Front of Salvation and Progress is “always there” and that its components will meet on Thursday to announce the name of the president of the election committee and start the preparation of electoral lists.

Last Wednesday, the investigating judge at the judicial economic and financial division decided to freeze the bank accounts, shares and property of businessman and president of the UPL, Slim Riahi.

That decision was taken on the basis of a case brought to justice for suspicion of money laundering, according to the spokesman for the judicial economic and financial division.

Leader in Machrou Tounes Sahbi Ben Frej had told TAP agency that “the case of the president of the Free Patriotic Union Slim Riahi is strictly judicial and does not concern the political coalition that forms the Front of salvation and progress”.

The Front does not defend the members involved in a crime, under an agreement between its components, he said.

However, he pointed out that Slim Riahi has the right to challenge the judicial decision consisting in the freezing of his property and shares.

Source: TAP News Agency

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