Top Tunisian businessman hospitalized after a hunger strike

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BBC World Service

A prominent Tunisian businessman and politician have been hospitalized three days after he began a hunger strike in protest at his continued detention.

Nabil Karoui owns several media companies and is a founder of Tunisia’s second-biggest political party Qalb Tounes.

He says he should have been freed last month when a maximum, six-month period of pre-trial detention expired.

Mr Karoui is facing charges of money laundering and tax evasion.