Tunis - A former aide to Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki said on Thursday he had been ordered to stand trial in a military court after criticizing the army, in a case that may raise concerns about freedoms in the birthplace of Arab Spring revolts.
The country's interior ministry confirmed Ayoub Massoudi would be tried by the military and authorities had barred him from leaving the country. But a ministry official declined to give details of the charges.
Massoudi, who resigned as the president's media adviser in June, told Reuters airport guards prevented him from flying out to visit family members in Paris on Thursday.
"They told me that I was banned from traveling and that I have to appear before a martial court without giving me any other details," he said.
"There is no doubt that this is a political issue because I have criticized leaders of the army and security officials," he added.