A former Tunisian prime minister, Ali Larayedh, has been detained by anti-terrorism police over allegations of involvement in smuggling jihadists to Syria.

A former Tunisian prime minister, Ali Larayedh, has been detained by anti-terrorism police over allegations of involvement in smuggling jihadists to Syria.

A lawyer said Mr Larayedh, who is also a senior figure in the Islamist opposition Ennahda party, had been questioned for hours.

Ennahda denounced this as a flagrant violation of human rights.

Party leader Rached Ghannouchi is due to be questioned tomorrow.

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