FILE PHOTO: Nabil Karoui, businessman and proprietor of the personal channel Nessma TV, submits his candidacy for the presidential election in Tunis, Tunisia, August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi/File Picture
TUNIS (Reuters) – A Tunisian appeals court docket on Friday rejected a request by presidential candidate Nabil Karoui to be launched from detention pending the decision in his trial for tax fraud and cash laundering, his lawyer stated.
“He’ll stay in jail,” the media mogul’s lawyer Kamel Ben Massoud instructed Reuters. Karoui denies wrongdoing and says the case is politically motivated.
He’s one in every of 26 candidates contesting Sunday’s first-round vote within the presidential election, with a run-off between the 2 who get most votes scheduled to happen by Oct. 13.
Karoui’s supporters have accused highly effective rival politicians of making an attempt to silence him, saying they’re looking for to cease a marketing campaign that has criticised the federal government over poverty.
His opponents say Karoui has improperly used his unlicensed tv station and his charity for his personal private political benefit.
Reporting By Tarek Amara; Writing by Angus McDowall; Enhancing by Edmund Blair