In Tunisia, a court detained a presidential candidate on suspicion of corruption
A Tunisian court ruled on Friday to detain one of the country's presidential candidates, the influential media tycoon Nabil Karoui, in connection with charges against him of tax evasion and money laundering, Reuters reports.
Karui-owned television station reported that he was detained. "Police detained Karui when he returned from Beja to Tunisia," said presidential candidate Osama Helifi.
In July of this year, the court forbade Karui to go abroad in connection with an investigation against him on suspicion of money laundering.
According to the agency, Nabil Karoui is one of the main candidates in the upcoming presidential elections in Tunisia.
The first round of the presidential election in Tunisia was originally scheduled for November 17, TASS recalls. However, in connection with the death of the head of state, Beja Qaeda al-Sebsey and the need to comply with the constitution, the Higher Independent Electoral Commission decided on July 25 to organize an early vote on September 15.
The preliminary list of candidates for early elections consists of 30 candidates. The final version will be published no later than August 31.