Tunisia – Ben Ali gets further jail term in absentia

AL JAZEERA

A military court in Tunisia have sentenced toppled president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali to 20 years imprisonment in absentia on various charges including incitement to murder.

Ben Ali, who is exiled in Saudi Arabia, was found guilty of “inciting disorder, murder and looting,” the court said on Wednesday in its verdict over the deaths of four youths, shot dead in the town of Ouardanine in mid-January 2011.

Four protesters were shot dead in the eastern coastal town as they tried to prevent the flight of Ben Ali’s nephew Kais, a day after Ben Ali flew out of the country on January 14.

The victims’ relatives have accused the security apparatus of ordering police to open fire on the crowd.

The court also slapped prison sentences of five to 10 years, some in absentia, on several members of the security forces over the same incident.

Death penalty sought

Ben Ali faces countless trials and has already been sentenced to more than 66 years in prison on a range of other charges including drug trafficking and embezzlement.

He and his wife are the subject of an international arrest warrant, but Saudi authorities have not responded to Tunisian extradition requests.  Read more…

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