The Tunisian security forces arrested the prominent leader of the Ennahda Brotherhood movement, Sahbi Ateeq, while he was trying to escape the country under the pretext of attending a scientific symposium, according to what was reported by the “Al-Ain News” website, citing what it described as informed sources, who indicated that Ateeq was on his way to Turkey.
The sources said that the Brotherhood leader was arrested at Carthage airport, indicating that the Sahbi leader was prevented from traveling.
The sources pointed out that Ateeq is accused of corruption and illegal appropriation of agricultural lands, and an inspection leaflet was issued against him, and he had threatened opponents of Ennahda to be dragged through the streets.
He is considered one of the senior leaders of the terrorist organization and joined it in 1975 and then the Islamic Trend Movement, which then became the “Nahda Movement.” He was also imprisoned for the first time in 1987, but he enjoyed the general amnesty that followed the November 7, 1987 coup.
He spent 16 years and 8 months in prison and was arrested on March 22, 1991, and sentenced in 1992 to life imprisonment by the Bouchoucha Military Court in Tunis.