Tunisia's ex-president sentenced to life imprisonment by military tribunal

A military tribunal sentenced former Tunisian President, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, to life imprisonment in absentia for ordering the killing of protesters in several regions in January, 2011, the TAP press agency reported on Thursday.

The tribunal at le Kef, some 200 km west of the capital, delivered the verdict against Mr. Ben Ali on charges of authorizing to kill protesters in the regions of Thala, Kasserine, Kairouan and Tajerouine during last year’s turmoil that led to his ouster.

On Wednesday, another military court sentenced Mr. Ben Ali to 20 years in prison in absentia over the “Ouerdanine affair” during which his nephew, Kais Ben Ali, was arrested after four protesters who tried to stop his flight were shot dead by his guards in the eastern coastal town of Ouerdanine in mid-January, 2011.

Last month, a military prosecutor requested death penalty against the former president who was accused of voluntary manslaughter.

Mr. Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia after his ouster, has already been sentenced to a total of 66 years in jail by civil courts for embezzlement, corruption, money laundering, drug trafficking and possession of firearms.

His former interior minister, Rafik Bel Hadj Kacem, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 11 other security officials were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 months to 15 years.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

 

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Donate


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: New Discovery! Click Here To See A Miracle Device That Can Cure DIABETES, BLOOD PRESSURE, STROKE, ARTHRITIS, PAINS, OBESITY And 50 Other CHRONIC DISEASES Without Drugs Or Herbs.. Click Here Now To See It


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.