Moderate Tunisia arrests comedian, TV host for ‘offending’ president

Tunis (AFP) – Tunisian authorities arrested a popular comedian and a television show host Friday for offending President Beji Caid Essebsi, whose office promptly denied it had anything to do with the case.

“The prosecutor has decided to place in detention” satirist Migalo, whose real name is Wassim Lahrissi, and television host Moez Ben Gharbia, spokesman Sofiene Sliti said.

The two “committed an offence against the head of state, a fraud,” by inappropriately representing themselves as someone else, and will remain behind bars until they appear in court on March 25.

“We will not enter into the details of the case” so as not to undermine the investigation, Sliti said…