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National Fact-Finding Committee on Cases of Embezzlement and Corruption sheds light on its report

Published the:  11/11/2011

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November 11, 2011 - TAP - The National Fact-Finding Committee on Cases of Embezzlement and Corruption held, on Friday, a meeting with the press on the report on the Committee's activities since its creation following the January 14, 2011 Revolution.
The report had been submitted, on Thursday, by chairman of the Committee Abdelfatteh Amor to Caretaker President Foued Mebazaa.
Mr. Neji Baccouche, technical committee member, said that the National Fact-Finding Committee on Cases of Embezzlement and Corruption managed in a short period of time to achieve revenues for the benefit of the general treasury estimated at several millions of dinars.
He underlined that 10,000 requests had been submitted to the Committee, specifying that the latter managed to examine more than half of the files and referred 320 of them to the Public Prosecutor.
Several "important" files are still under scrutiny and require more time and energy to go through them, he went on saying.
The Committee, he said, not only studies requests but it also opens important files and carries out field visits, such as that of the Carthage Palace and the Sidi Dhrif Palace, built on a tract of land illegally expropriated by the ousted president. The development of that plot of land cost the National Defence Ministry 4 million dinars.
He went on saying that the Commission held more than 120 hearings.
Mr. Baccouche also pointed out that corruption in Tunisia had affected all sectors and all fields with no exception, including the real estate sector, banking, telecommunications, information, archeologically sites and customs services.
The report of the Committee, he specified, sheds light on the mechanisms of corruption, through tables and documents, that show the involvement of several ministers, politicians, journalists and foreigners among those who profited of their relations with the limited circle of the ousted president.
He said that the banking sector is the most concerned field by these "disastrous" practices, reminding that the banking establishments, particularly the public ones, suffered from blackmailing pressures at the hands of the Tunisian Central Bank.
He pointed out that the former president had seized huge decision powers, citing examples of abuse of power for the benefit of his family and relatives, and his interventions in all the sectors, including that of granting licences for alcohol selling, exportation of cement and higher-education orientation.