Tunisian officer who denounced superiors freed

AP News
Posted: Sep 22, 2011 12:08 PM
Tunisian officer who denounced superiors freed

A Tunisian military tribunal has granted provisional release to a police officer jailed since May for accusing top Interior Ministry officials of destroying documents compromising the country's deposed president.

Samir Feriani was detained after he sent a letter to the interior minister alleging ministry officials destroyed documents that he said showed ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali had collaborated with Israel's secret service.

Feriani faces charges including "plotting against the internal security of the state." Judges ruled Thursday he could be freed pending his next court appearance on Sept. 29.

Ben Ali fled the country in January, but some top officials under his regime held onto their posts _ including some Feriani denounced in his letter.