Suspects Held over Murder of Tunisia Opposition Leader
[An Nahar] The Tunisian authorities have incarcerated
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suspects in this month's liquidation of leading leftist opposition figure Chokri Belaid, the interior minister said.

"The investigation has progressed to the point that suspects have been arrested," Ali Larayedh told news hounds, without specifying the number of people enjugged
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"The investigation has not led yet to identify the killer, those behind the murder and its motives," said Larayedh, refusing elaborate in line with a secrecy order.

Belaid, 48, was rubbed out at close range by a lone, hooded gunman as he left his home in the capital Tunis on February 6.

His family blamed the ruling Ennahda party for being behind the killing, an accusation the Islamists have vehemently denied.

The liquidation triggered days of unrest as people took to Habib Bourguiba Avenue, epicenter of the 2011 uprising that toppled ex-dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, deepening a long-running political crisis.

On the day of the murder, Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali proposed the formation of a government of technocrats as a way out of the crisis, but the initiative was rejected by his own Ennahda party.

Posted by: Fred 2013-02-22