The anti-terror police in Tunisia interrogated Ghannouchi, the leader of Ennahda, and Ali Al-Arayed, the leader of the party

Rached Ghannouchi, head of the opposition Islamist Ennahda Party, and party leader Ali Larayedh, appeared before a police station to investigate what his party said were terrorism suspicions.

Dozens of demonstrators, including lawyers and political activists, gathered in front of the Bouchoucha police station in the capital, Tunis, to protest the interrogation of Ghannouchi, who denounced President Kais Saied’s control of wide powers and his dissolution of Parliament.

On Saturday, Ennahda officials said that police would interrogate Ghannouchi and Ali Larayedh, a former prime minister, on suspicion of “sending jihadists to Syria,” without elaborating.

The Tunisian authorities did not give any statement about the reason for summoning Ghannouchi and Al-Arayedh.

Last month, the authorities arrested a number of former security officials and two members of the Ennahda movement on charges related to Tunisians traveling for “jihad.” Mohamed Farikha, a former Ennahda leader and owner of a private airline, was imprisoned in what became known in Tunisia as the case of “the deportation of jihadists to Syria.”

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