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Tunisia Blocks Broadcast With Salafist Terror Suspect

Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Tunisia said Abu Iyad, leader of Ansar al-Sharia, is suspected of terrorism and blocked a radio station interview with him.

About an hour before the interview was scheduled to air, a judge leading the investigation into the terrorism charges called “Mosaique FM” and said it couldn’t broadcast the words of Abu Iyad because he is the subject of a lawsuit, the radio station said on its website today.

The judge was quoted by the station as saying that “Abu Iyad is wanted by Tunisian and international judiciaries for terrorist cases,” including an attack on the U.S. embassy last September, in which four people were killed.

Even publicizing the interview could “threaten the public order,” the radio station quoted the judge as saying.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jihen Laghmari in Tunis at jlaghmari@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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