Tunisia’s secret police and state security service has been disbanded by the country’s interim government.
The organisation was one of the most feared under the rule of the deposed President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, and was accused of human rights abuses during the uprising.
Its dismantling was one of the key demands of the opposition. The news was announced by the Tunisian interior ministry.
The two arms of the organisation were responsible for spying on people, including dissidents and journalists, who were suspected of disloyalty towards Ben Ali.
Its members carried out arbitrary arrests; human rights groups accused them of torturing those they detained.