The Tunisian government has denied that the former prime minister, Hamadi Jebali, has been arrested.
On Thursday, a post on his Facebook page said Jebali had been detained by the security forces. The Islamist Ennahda party also demanded his release.
But the interior ministry now says it’s investigating a factory on land owned by the former leader’s wife – and that he’d insisted on accompanying her to a police station.
Critics accuse Tunisia’s president, Kais Saied, of trying to stifle dissent.
Last year he dissolved parliament and took executive powers.