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Former Tunisian president Ben Ali to stand trial

06-14-2011 14:05 BJT

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Tunisia's caretaker prime minister says former president Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia in January, will be tried in absentia on June 20th.

Ben Ali fled to Je-ddah after being toppled by mass protests in January after 23 years in power. Tunisian authorities have been preparing several legal cases against him.

They include conspiring against the state, voluntary manslaughter and drug trafficking. But the Saudi authorities have not responded to a Tunis request to extradite Ben Ali and his wife.

A Tunisian worker removes a portrait of ousted President Zine El
Abidine Ben Ali from the prime minister's office in Tunis in
January 2011. The trial in absentia of ousted Tunisian strongman
Ben Ali, in exile in Saudi Arabia, will start on June 20, interim
Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi told Al-Jazeera on Monday.
(AFP/File/Fethi Belaid)

Tunisia's President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali waves to supporters
after he took the oath at the national assembly in Tunis in this
November 12, 2009 file photo. Former Tunisian president Ben Ali,
who fled to Saudi Arabia in January, will be tried in absentia on
June 20, the country's interim prime minister said on June 13,
2011.REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi/Files

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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