Tunisia releases jailed presidential candidate ahead of poll's 2nd round

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-10 01:13:23|Editor: yan
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TUNIS, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Court of Cassation in Tunis on Wednesday ordered the release of Nabil Karoui, the candidate for the second round of Tunisia's presidential election who was jailed on graft charges, said the private Radio Mosaique FM.

Karoui, a media mogul, was arrested on Aug. 23, following a complaint filed by I Watch organization in 2016 that charged him with money laundering, tax evasion and fraud.

He ranked second in the first round of the early presidential election held on Sept. 15, with 15.58 percent of the votes, after independent candidate Kais Saied, who gained 18.4 percent.

Pending official confirmation from the Tunisian authorities, the release comes a few days before the second round of the presidential election scheduled for Oct. 13.

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