Bill on Koranic schools to be submitted to Cabinet, shortly
12/02/2019 12:56, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – A bill on Koranic schools (kuteb), newly drafted by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, will be submitted shortly to the Cabinet for consideration, said Religious Affairs Minister Ahmed Adhoum during the plenary session of the House of People's Representatives (HPR), devoted to dialogue with the government on the case of "the Regueb Koranic School."

A television report broadcast on a private channel revealed the existence of a "Koranic school" illegally accommodating children between 12 and 18 years in inhuman conditions and in total rupture with the official educational programs.

Adhoum also announced the forthcoming publication of a "Charter of the Imam Preacher" with 13 points.

Heard Monday by the deputies, Interior Minister Hichem Fourati affirmed that the Regueb Cantonal Court had sentenced school’s owner Farouk Zribi and his second wife to one year in prison for an illegal marriage and a 240-dinar fine.

A warrant of committal was issued against Farouk Zribi for trafficking in persons and sexual exploitation of minors. Suspected of belonging to a terrorist organisation, the suspect was referred to the Counter-Terrorism Judicial Centre.

Warrants of arrest were issued against all persons belonging to the school in question for sexual assault on children under 16 years of age, he specified, announcing the decision to close all similar spaces throughout the country.

Fourati added that the school had been under administrative and security control since 2015 until last January, when the case had been entrusted to the sectoral directorate of social prevention stemming from the judicial police for suspicion of exploitation, mistreatment and recruitment of 26 minors.

Zribi and his father are leading members of the "Daawa and Tabligh" association known for its proselytising activities, the minister specified, adding that he had travelled to Pakistan in 2004 and then to South Africa to study Koran and English.

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