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News conference of Heads of National Commissions

Published the:  22/01/2011

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Heads of the three National Commissions in charge of Political Reform, Fact-Finding Commission on abuses and on cases of embezzlement and corruption, held a news conference, Saturday January 22, 2011 in Tunis, to present the objectives and the prerogatives of the three National Commissions.
These commissions gather experts, lawyers and representatives of the political scene and civil society. Each of the three Commissions is made up of 10 to 15 members. Their reports are to be issued public at the end of their mission.
The Heads of the three Commissions asserted independence and neutrality of these structures whether on the level of their composition, their mission, their working methods or concerning the results to which they will end up with.
Mr. Iyadh Ben Achour, President of the Higher National Commission for Political Reform asserted that the commission will examine the different aspects of political life, institutions and laws including the constitution.
He explained that the former regime used law to exclude any person having a different opinion and prevent him from taking part in political life. He affirmed that the Commission for Political Reform will make contacts with the political scene actors and the civil society representatives so as to be able to contribute to the works of the commission.
He explained that the Commission will choose individuals known for their integrity and loyalty, not having been associated to the elaboration of the former texts of law and decrees and who did not participate in campaigns calling for the election of the former President in 2014.
The President of the Commission added that he started his preliminary contacts with the parties and the national personalities to invite them to take part in the works of the Commission which will gather some one hundred men of politics, representatives of the civil society and lawyers.
He specified that priority will be granted to the elaboration of texts organising the elections and the amendment of the electoral code to help the candidate bid, without obstacles, to the Presidential election and guarantee the organisation of free and credible election, in accordance with the objectives of the people's revolution including freedom, equality, democracy and the rule of law.
Besides, Mr. Iyad Ben Achour asserted that the personalities appointed to chair these commissions are known for their independence and their neutrality. He affirmed that the public opinion will be informed of any pressure or attempts of interference in the works of the commission.
Answering a question pertaining to the new bill, the President of the Commission said that the elaboration of these draft laws is under way but their adoption could not be made as part of the present Parliament, an authority which has neither credibility nor legitimacy.
He said that the new President of the Republic will be called to organize the political scene in line with the bill elaborated by this commission.
Mr. Iyad Ben Achour also evoked the amendment of the Press Law, underlining that it will be the focus of a comprehensive and fundamental reform to help the journalists and officials of the information sector practice their profession in freedom and independence.
For his part, Mr. Abdelfattah Amor, President of the Fact-Finding Commission on cases of embezzlement and corruption said that it is a Technical Commission made up notably of experts in the fields of finance, accountancy as well as in tax and administrative law in addition to specialists in company law, in stock market and in banking operations.
As regards the prerogatives of the commission, Mr. Abdelfattah Amor asserted the imperative to investigate on all the acts of corruption and embezzlement. He said that the Commission will audition any person who can bring a justified and precise testimony.
The President of the Commission called to protect public documents and preserve them, underlining that the fact of hiding, destroying and falsifying these documents is a crime of penal character.
He specified that the work of the commission will be on the same level of the historical event experienced by the country and is part of a new political ethic, asserting that the Commission will respect the secret of investigation and the right of any person for an equitable proceeding.
Mr. Abdelfattah Amor explained that the Commission is neither a court nor a political commission, even if it has a political dimension.
Concerning the possibility of coming to Tunisia of a team stemming from the High Human Right Commissariat, he asserts that it is a positive initiative and that contacts will be made with the United Nations team.
For his part, Mr. Taoufik Bouderbala President of the Fact-Finding Commission on Abuses committed in the last period explained that the Commission is tasked with gathering documents and giving them to the concerned parties.
He said that light will be shed on violation of rights, including in first place, the right to life, the right to physical integrity, and the right to security.
Mr. Bouderbala said that the Commission is made up of lawyers, magistrates, practitioners, journalists and experts. It will address, first, to the Interior Ministry and some of its staff responsible of the damage and the death of disarmed citizens.