2019 Presidential Runoff: HAICA approves Tunisian television's request to hold debates with participation of Nabil Karoui
20/09/2019 21:33, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Tunisian Television announced on Friday that the Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HAICA) approved the request for permission made to presidential candidate Nabil Karoui to address the electorate and participate in the debates scheduled for the second round, either by going to the studios, recording the debates or broadcasting them directly from the prison where he is detained.

The Tunisian television reported in a statement issued on Friday that it had sent correspondence on this subject to the Ministry of Justice, the General Administration of Prisons and Rehabilitation, the investigating judge and the prosecutor of the Court of Appeal.

It indicated that it had followed the administrative and judicial procedures in its approach, through its lawyer who requested an urgent review of these television intervention authorisations, noting that HAICA had "already appreciated the concern of Tunisian television to respect the principles of equal treatment between the different candidates and to consolidate democratic practices".

The Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication has sent a letter to the judicial authorities to allow Nabil Karoui, a candidate in the second round of the presidential election, access to the media and to present his programme and vision on several national issues, the President of the Authority Nouri Lajmi said Friday at a press conference.

The Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) announced on Tuesday that independent and academic candidate Kais Saïed and media magnate Nabil Karoui have reached the top of the first round of the presidential election held on Sunday, September 15, 2019 and will contest the second round, the date of which will be set after considering appeals on the results formulated by the other candidates.

Nabil Karoui, president of " Heart of Tunisia" party, has been held in pre-trial detention since August 23, 2019 on suspicion of money laundering and tax evasion, following a complaint filed against him by I Watch organiation. The request for his release was rejected on 5 September by the Indictment Division of the Tunis Court of Appeal.

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