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Unseated President ordered bombing of Kasserine (Commission)

Published the:  12/04/2011

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April 12, 2011 - TAP - Deposed President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali issued orders, during the protest movements prior to the Revolution, to bomb Ezzouhour district in Kasserine, revealed Mr. Taoufik Bouderbala, Chairman of the National Fact-Finding Commission on Violations and Abuses perpetrated during the recent events.
He said that "the intention was clear to coerce the region and bring its inhabitants to their knees. That action was a collective one bent on carrying out premeditated murders."
During a news conference held on Tuesday in Tunis, Mr. Bouderbala said the Commission visited the Sidi Bouzid and Kasserine Governorates, over the recent days, and received 979 files regarding the events preceding the Revolution.
One hundred and six of those files involve cases of martyrs, 672 concern injured people and 201 files are related to property damaged during the events.
Mr. Bouderbala also specified that the Commission's work has been encountering some difficulties relating to the identification of the involved security officers, insofar as the latter had pseudonyms.
Regarding the number of martyrs in the Governorates of Sidi Bouzid and Kasserine, he said, that according to the count made, there were five martyrs in Sidi Bouzid, one in Menzel Bouzyane, one in Meknassi and six in Regueb, while 23 martyrs fell in Kasserine, six in Thala, one in Feriana, one in Majel Belabbés and two in Foussana.
Besides, Chairman of the National Fact-Finding Commission on Violations and Abuses pointed out that the Commission also recorded the cases of four young men raped by the security officers, during the unrest.
He added, in this connection, that lack of information on raped women's cases does not mean that that had not happened, especially with the security forces' repeated provocative attitude during that period.
He also said that the Commission members visited the National Defense Ministry and military courts in the Sidi Bouzid and Kasserine regions, as well as to the Interior Ministry.
They learnt, on the occasion, the names of the security units involved in those troubles, insisting on the need to establish a legal continuity to indict the suspects.
The Commission Chairman exhorted the Caretaker Government to keep on working in that direction, by speeding up arrest of the guilty and bringing to justice the persons implicated.
He said that the investigation would be carried on in all regions of the Republic and that the Commission would visit, during the coming two weeks, the Monastir and Tozeur Governorates.
Besides, Mr. Bouderbala called on civil society actors to provide assistance to the families of the victims of the Revolution events, in view of the hard social situation that some of these people are living through.