IVD holds public hearing session on financial corruption
20/05/2017 11:18, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – The 10th public hearing organised by the Truth and Dignity Commission (French:IVD) was devoted to financial corruption.

Held Friday at the Social Security and Retirement Compensation Fund (CAPRA) complex, the session was broadcasted live on the national TV channel.

IVD President Sihem Ben Sedrine denounced at the opening the lack of “any political will” to counter corruption insofar as fight against this scourge is the responsibility of the State and its institutions.

“Fight against corruption is a shared responsibility. It involves in addition to the State’s institutions, all the civil society components and the various social strata,” she added.

According to her, the widespread corruption in Tunisia is due to the impunity and lack of denunciation of this practice that undermines the foundations of human rights and democracy and significantly fuels political and social instability in the country.

Ben Sedrine added that “the revelation of the truth is a key step in understanding the economic violations and dismantling the corruption system.”

Friday’s session was devoted to the presentation of three testimonies; the first by ousted president’s son-in-law businessman Imed Trabelsi, the second by customs forwarder and declarant Adel Mlak and the third by carrier for hire Othman Ben Issa.

National personalities and representatives of political parties and civil society attended the hearing session.

The first hearing sessions of victims of human rights violations committed between 1955 and 2013, started on November 17 in Tunis.

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