Ousted president acknowledges that his regime "committed errors, abuses and violations" (statement)
23/11/2016 22:33, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – Deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali acknowledged that his regime "committed errors, abuses and violations" during his presidency and "was not exempted from offences like any kind of regime or state ".

The recognition of his violations is revealed in a statement issued by the office of his lawyer, Mounir Ben Salha, whom he represents in Tunisia and approved by the former head of state, a copy of which was received by TAP. In this statement he commented on the public hearings of the Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) on human rights violations in Tunisia since independence which started on November 17.

"My client decided not to remain silent about the attacks by reacting and giving the necessary clarifications through the office of the lawyer he represents in Tunisia," Ben Salha told TAP.

In this statement, Ben Ali writes that "the state's confrontation with secret and military organisations of parties and organisations that opted for action outside the legal framework could have led to abuses that have infringed human rights".

"The regime did not hesitate to recognise them by setting up an ad hoc committee to investigate these abuses chaired by Rachid Driss who compiled the violations reported by the participants in the public hearings (of the IVD)," added Ben Ali.

He considered that "the report of Rachid Driss confirmed the truthfullness of the violations and defined responsibilities," indicating that he had "ordered compensation for material and moral damage".

Commenting on the public testimonies of the victims of dictatorship organised by the Truth and Dignity Commission, the president declared that "the presentation of the testimony at hearings according to the scenario we have seen, without presenting the other version of events, turns the hearings into an act of dissimulation of truths, which leads to the division of Tunisians."

"I leave to neutral and honest historians to judge the period when I was at the head of the Tunisian state," added the former president.

Khaled Krichi, a member of the Truth and Dignity Commission, told TAP that the IVD will meet in the coming days to discuss how to respond to the statement.

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