UN says Tunisian court has decided to release UN expert
24 May 2019

AP — The U.N. said it was informed that a Tunisian appeals court decided Tuesday to release Mocef Kartas, a U.N. expert monitoring sanctions against Libya, who was arrested following his arrival in Tunis on March 26 on suspicion of espionage.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N. is “very encouraged by this development” and is looking forward to confirmation of his actual release from detention.

Kartas has dual German-Tunisian nationality and his family said he was being investigated for “allegedly possessing and disclosing intelligence information concerning national security to foreign governments.”

The United Nations has insisted that Kartas be freed because experts on U.N. missions have diplomatic immunity.

Dujarric told reporters “a Tunisian appeals court has reviewed the case against Mr. Kartas and has decided to release him.”

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