Opposition groups fear Tunisian government’s legislative olive branch to former officials of Ben Ali regime undermines accountability and justice

Controversial legislation granting amnesty to Tunisian officials accused of corruption under toppled dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has been signed into law by the country’s president.

The legality of the act, which effectively amounts to a reprieve for pre-revolutionary officials who may have abetted acts of corruption under the old regime, was referred to Tunisia’s temporary Constitutional Commission by opposition MPs after its stormy but successful passage through parliament on 13 September.

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