Tunisia: Ben Ali faces 2 more corruption suits

Last Updated: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 09:40

Tunis: Two fresh lawsuits have been launched against ousted Tunisian president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and son-in-law on corruption charges, the official TAP news agency said on Wednesday.

The fresh cases over financial and real estate deals was referred to a criminal court, just two days after Ben Ali, exiled in Saudi Arabia, was slapped with 15 years for possessing arms, drugs and archaeological artefacts.

No date was set for the new trial against Ben Ali and his son-in-law Sakher el-Materi, a former close associate who managed to flee to Qatar, according to the Tunisian press.

The young businessman, who owned several media outlets before the January uprising that brought the Ben Ali regime down, is wanted by the Tunisian authorities over several cases of suspected fraud.

The former strongman and his wife Leila Trabelsi were already sentenced in absentia to 35 years last month for misappropriating public funds after large sums of cash and jewellery were discovered in their palace.

Ben Ali and his lawyers have dismissed the raft of trials as a parody of justice breaching all the standards of a fair trial.

The former president, whose January ouster after 23 years in power tipped the first domino in a wave of Arab revolts, and his entourage face possible legal proceedings in no fewer than 182 other cases.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 09:40

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