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PM meets with presidents of AMT and SMT

Published the:  02/03/2018

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(TAP) – Prime Minister Youssef Chahed met Friday, in Dar Dhiafa in Carthage, president and vice president of the Tunisian magistrates’ Association (AMT), as well as president of the Tunisian Magistrates’ Trade Union (SMT).

The meeting focused on the recent events at the Ben Arous First Instance Court and the situation of the judiciary sector and the concerns of the judges.

According to a statement of the AMT executive board, members of the association delegation stressed the seriousness of the incidents of Ben Arous which "constitute an attack on the independence of the judiciary and its prestige" .

"It is also a violation of the duty of respect towards state institutions, judicial structures and court seats, as symbols of sovereignty," the AMT adds.

The members of the delegation also stressed the urgent need to take the necessary steps and measures to ensure that such acts do not happen again.

They call in particular for the security corps in charge of the protection of the courts to be placed under the administrative supervision of the presidents of the courts and the state prosecutors.

The AMT delegation led by its president, Anas Hamadi also called for the creation of a judicial police force to protect the courts, conduct judicial investigations and enforce judgments and orders.

They asked for continuing the investigation on the events of Ben Arous in order to sanction their authors and to determine the responsibilities.

According to the same statement, the Prime Minister pledged to examine all these proposals at a later meeting.

For his part, SMT president Brahim Bouslah told the press, that the Prime Minister promised to closely follow the administrative investigation opened within the Interior Ministry on the events of the Ben Arous first instance court as well as the investigation at the level of the public prosecutor.

He also said he emphasised during the meeting the need to devote a seat to the High Judicia Council (CSM) and improve the working conditions of its judges.

Last Monday, members of the police unions had taken over the Ben Arous first instance court in protest against the detention of security guards suspected of mistreating an inmate.