Military court hands Tunisia's Ben Ali 20 years in jail

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Military court hands Tunisia's Ben Ali 20 years in jail

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A military court on Wednesday sentenced former Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in absentia to 20 years in jail for the deaths of anti-government protesters.

The Tunis court found Ben Ali guilty of “inciting disorder, murder and looting” in relation to the killing of four youths, shot dead Ouerdanin last January.

Security services opened fire on a crowd who were trying to prevent Ben Ali’s nephew from leaving town.

The former strongman himself fled to Saudia Arabia after ruling Tunisia for more than two decades.

Tunisia’s military prosecutor is also seeking the death penalty for Ben Ali in relation to a similar incident that saw 22 people killed.

He has already been sentenced to more than sixty six years in prison on a range of other charges including drug trafficking and embezzlement.

Ben Ali and his wife are the subject of an international arrest warrant, but so far Saudi Arabia has failed to respond to Tunisia’s requests for extradition.