Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Tunisia TV host gets 8 months jail in fraud trial: lawyer

03 June 2015, 15:04

Tunis - A Tunisian television host was sentenced to eight months in jail after a court ruled he offered to help a wanted businessman in exchange for an interview on his show, his lawyer said.

Samir El Wafi, one of the north African country's most well-known TV personalities, was found guilty of influence-peddling and fraud, a court spokesman said.

His lawyer Abdelaziz Essid told AFP his team would appeal Tuesday's sentencing.

Controversial host Wafi is best known for his weekly appearances on the private Al Hiwar Ettounsi channel. His show, "For Those Who Dare", features a different personality each Sunday who is grilled by the host.

Also read: US slams UN envoy expulsion from South Sudan

Accused of sensationalism by his critics, Wafi has attracted a large fan base for his persistent questioning.

The presenter was found to have offered to intervene and "fix" the situation of on-the-run businessman Hamadi Touli -- a relative of one of former strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's brothers-in-law -- in exchange for agreeing to be interviewed on Wafi's show.

Touli's wife recorded a purported conversation between the businessman and Wafi in which a sum of money was discussed.

The host has always maintained that his promise to Touli was a ploy to get him to appear on his show.


Tags fraud

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...