Tunisia: Branding Ansar Charia As Terrorist Organisation Based On Established Facts, Investigations – Interior Ministry
Tunis — The decision announced on Tuesday by the Interim Prime Minister to brand Jihadist group “Ansar Charia” as a terrorist organisation is based on a set of established facts, police enquiries, field investigations and intelligence reports, Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou pointed up. Thus, the ban on its activities and the lawlessness of membership, Ben Jedou added.
The shelling of the positions of terrorists in Mount Chaambi and the destruction of their camps helped the National Army arrest two dangerous terrorists who have ties with terrorist group “Okba Ibn Nafaa” as well as other elements who belong to Ansar Charia movement.
At a press conference held on Wednesday in Tunis, Ben Jeddou said that the Interior and Defence ministries had made great steps forward in term of unveiling and thwarting terrorist plots devised by Ansar Charia.
A large number of members of this organisation are already in custody, while others are being chased down, he pointed out.
The Interior Minister spoke of established links between “Okba Ibn Nafaa” group and AQMI (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb), and more specifically with Abou Mossaeb Abdul Wadoud, one of the leaders of this organisation.
Ben Jedou reassured Tunisians and underscored the need not to fall victim to scaremongering. He added that the situation is under control thanks to an effective deployment of units and the mobilisation of all available skills.
The Interior Minister said to be in favour of unearthing political archives “so that Tunisians would learn about the abuses committed under the former regime.”
Nevertheless, he stressed, “strict criteria should be set beforehand to guarantee the protection of personal data.”
Ben Jedou called politicians, party leaders and national organisations to opt for dialogue and consensus.
He also urged Tunisians to help the National Army and the security apparatus by reporting any suspect movement.