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Suspected killer of Tunisia's Belaid slain one year on

The suspected Islamist assassin of Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid, whose death last February sparked social and political upheaval, has been killed in a police raid, the government said Tuesday. Belaid was a charismatic leftist politician and virulent critic of the Islamist party Ennahda then in power. His murder triggered massive anti-government protests and a crisis from which Tunisia has only recently started to emerge.

Suspected assassin of Tunisia's Belaid killed

The suspected assassin of Tunisian opposition figure Chokri Belaid, whose death almost exactly a year ago sparked political turmoil, has been killed in a police raid, the interior minister said Tuesday. The murder of Belaid, who was a virulent critic of the Islamist party then in power, was a turning point in Tunisia that plunged the country into turmoil from which it has only started to emerge with the adoption last month of a new constitution.

Suspected assassin of Tunisia's Belaid killed

The suspected assassin of Tunisian opposition figure Chokri Belaid, whose death almost exactly a year ago sparked political turmoil, has been killed in a police raid, the interior minister said Tuesday. The murder of Belaid, who was a virulent critic of the Islamist party then in power, was a turning point in Tunisia that plunged the country into turmoil from which it has only started to emerge with the adoption last month of a new constitution.

Suspected assassin of Tunisia's Belaid killed

The suspected assassin of prominent Tunisian opposition figure Chokri Belaid, whose death almost exactly a year ago triggered a major political crisis, has been killed, the interior minister said Tuesday. The National Guard killed "seven heavily-armed terrorists. Some of them have been identified ... Kamel Gadhgadhi was found to be among them," Lotfi Ben Jeddou told reporters, referring to Chokri's alleged killer. kl-iba/sma/jk

Tunisian president testifies in probe of politician's murder

TUNIS, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki testified on Thursday before a judge probing the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid, as police narrowed their hunt for his killer to an area near the border with Algeria. The shooting of secular politician Belaid by a suspected Islamist radical on Feb. 6 provoked the biggest street protests in Tunisia since the overthrow of strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali two years ago.

Belaid's killer on run, four held: Tunisia minister

The suspected murderer of Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid has been identified and is on run but four of his accomplices have been arrested, Interior Minister Ali Larayedh said on Tuesday. "The killer has been identified and is being chased," Larayedh told a news conference. "Four other suspects have been arrested. They belong to a radical religious" group, said Larayedh, who is also prime-minister designate tasked with forming a new government.

Widow demands to know 'who ordered' Belaid killing

The widow of murdered Tunisian opposition activist Chokri Belaid urged authorities on Tuesday to pursue those who allegedly ordered her husband's killing, following the arrest of a suspect. "It is good to know who carried it out, but for me it is very important to know who ordered it... because this was a very well-organised crime," Basma Belaid told France's Europe 1 radio during a visit to Paris. "We are asking for a trial, for further investigation, for everything to be known," she said.

Belaid's widow asks Tunisia government to protect her family

TUNIS, Feb 9 (Reuters) - The widow of assassinated politician Chokri Belaid said on Saturday she was asking the Tunisian government to provide her family with official protection. "After the killing of Chokri I am asking the Ministry of the Interior to provide official protection to me I and my daughters ... If any attack happens to the family, I will accuse the Ministry of Interior officially," Basma Belaid said On television.

Clashes as tens of thousands mourn Tunisia politician

Police fired tear gas and clashed with protesters on Friday as tens of thousands joined the funeral of opposition leader Chokri Belaid whose murder plunged Tunisia into new post-revolt turmoil. Skirmishes erupted on the margins of the funeral procession which turned into a demonstration in Tunis, a city paralysed by a general strike called in protest at Wednesday's assassination of the leftist leader. The interior ministry said 132 people were arrested and estimated the size of the funeral crowd at 40,000.

Emotional farewell for slain Tunisian politician

A sea of mourners, some wailing in grief as others angrily denounced the government, followed the coffin Friday of slain opposition leader Chokri Belaid, whose funeral became a mass protest against Tunisia's ruling Islamists. From early morning, thousands of people gathered under a wet winter sky to pay their last respects to Belaid, many carrying pictures of the charismatic human rights lawyer and outspoken government critic.
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