A Tunisian court has sentenced ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife in absentia to 35 years in prison after finding them guilty of theft and misappropriating public funds.
REUTERS - A Tunisian court sentenced former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in absentia on Monday to 35 years in jail, six months after his ouster in a revolution helped inspire the "Arab Spring."
Ben Ali Trial
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Tunisia's revolt electrified millions across the Arab world who suffer similarly from high unemployment, rising prices and repressive governments. Ben Ali's has been watched closely in Egypt, where former president Hosni Mubarak is due to stand trial over the killing of protesters.
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At the time, thousands of protesters had gathered in the centre of the capital Tunis to demand that he step down, the culmination of three weeks of demonstrations which police tried to disperse by firing on the crowds.
Date created : 2011-06-20