The Inner Workings of the Tunis Courthouse

Inside courtroom No. 6, the defendants respectively appeared before the judges and lawyers, as their families anxiously looked on. It was here that the hearings, condemning hundreds of suspects for being directly or indirectly linked to terrorism, were endlessly held. These young people embodied the consequences of the painful debate concerning the Tunisian justice system, security institutions, and public opinion.
30 March 2021
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Created by
Christophe Cotteret
Sound Recording and Montage
Bochra Triki
Sound Design and Mixing
Oussema Gaidi
Voice-Acting and Interviews
Christophe Cotteret
Omar Aloulou
Voix off
Monia Ben Hamadi
Maher Dhahbi

Along the worn-out wooden benches of courtroom No. 6, terrorism trials are held every Tuesday and Friday. In fact, it is between these four walls that the largest amount of terrorism trials in the world are held. Between September 2015 and June 2018, 4572 cases were tried within these few sqaure metres, of which 1804 defendants were detained.

In the first chapter, Christophe Cotteret describes the atmosphere of the courthouse: the hallways, the rooms and the offices. The defendants parade in front of the judges, the lawyers take their seats, carrying thick case files, and the very same dance is repeated over and over each week.

"I wanted to go to paradise.” “Well did you eventually find it? If so, would you be please lend me the keys?"

A judge who requested to remain anonymous (referred to as Judge "X"), defense lawyers Béchir Akremi (the former investigative judge in charge of antiterrorism) and Philippe Dorcet (the former investigative judge and subsequent president of the Court of Cassation in Nice), all offer inside information to the story.

The accounts are often about banal cases and amusing or pathetic scenes, but also somewhat about the trials of the Bardo-Sousse attacks, uncovering a flawed security and judicial systems.

The Dilemma of The Antiterrorist Justice System

This audio documentary in five chapters is an unprecedented dive into the workings of the Tunisian antiterrorist justice. As an extention of the documentary "Daech, the dilemma of justice", it compiles more than two years of investigations and interviews in an attempt to shed light on the issues facing the antiterrorism system in Tunisia.

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The Origins of the Disaster

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