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Meeting between Justice Minister and members of the European Union Delegation

Published the:  05/02/2011

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February 5, 2011 - TAP - A meeting was held, on Saturday in Tunis, between Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi and members of the European Union Delegation who are on a visit in Tunisia.
Mr. Chebbi pointed out that restoration of prisons and court rooms damaged during the latest events which had taken place in Tunisia requires some 5.5 million dinars, adding that "we count on the European Union (EU)'s support and assistance so that the 14 burnt courts and damaged prisons resume their activity".
Asked about procedures undertaken to get extradition of the deposed President and his family members, the justice minister assured that their files had been referred to free examining magistrates who issued an international warrant against them.
He reasserted commitment to "re-establish independence of justice in this transitional period", expressing conviction before even being appointed Justice Minister that "the President of the Republic could not also be Chairman of the Higher Magistracy Council".
Answering a question on prisoners' situation, Mr. Lazhar Karoui Chebbi asserted that 2,722 inmates benefited of a release on parole.
The twelve European MPs pointed out notably the importance of the reform of justice, suggesting in this regard to create a committee to reform justice which would be made up of judges and the Bar.