A few days before the run-off election for the presidency in Tunisia, the candidate Nabil Karoui has been released from custody. The media entrepreneur was arrested in August on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering.
In the first round of the September 15 presidential election, Karoui ended up in second place with 15.6 percent of the vote behind Jurassic Professor Kais Saied (18.4 percent).
A runoff between the candidates is scheduled for Sunday. The entry of the two outsiders into the election was a bitter defeat for the established parties in Tunisia.
Karoui sees his detention as politically motivated and calls for a postponement of the vote. The TV entrepreneur, who had made popular with the voters with gifts for the poor in Tunisia, is considered as Tunisia's Berlusconi because of the confusion of politics and media power. (Read more about Karoui's campaign strategy here.)
On August 23, he had been taken into custody only a few days before the campaign began on suspicion of money laundering and tax evasion.