When authorities suddenly announced that security forces had killed one of the assassins a year later, momentum for the case seemed to wane. At least some officials in the Ministry of Interior had been informed by the CIA eleven days before Brahmi’s assassination that he was a target for assassination, although then Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou made this public with the caveat that he had not been informed of this by his own officials in time.

This, along with the politically charged timing of the assassinations have reinforced the conviction that there were masterminds who never faced justice. Now, eight years later, the families who have been calling for a wider investigation, transparency and accountability have seen the frozen cases suddenly moving with new developments and details emerging.