Colonel Lofti Guelmami was responsible for a subsection of the Interior Ministry in the former regime that dealt with inspections and controls. Along with another 41 Interior Ministry colleagues, he was forced into early retirement on February 2, 2011, two weeks before the fall of the Ben Ali regime.
Two former ministers, including ex Interior Minister Farhat Rajhi, testified in his favor in what Guelmami said was ''a long battle'' to prove his innocence.
This is the first such ruling since last year's so-called Jasmine Revolution. Several similar cases are currently pending before other Tunisian courts. (ANSAMed).