Tunisia: Ben Ali given life sentence

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Tunisia: Ben Ali given life sentence

Tunisia: Ben Ali given life sentence
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A military court has sentenced ousted Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to life imprisonment in absentia, over the killing of 22 protesters during last year’s revolt.

They died in a bloody crackdown in the towns of Thala and Kasserine.

Earlier, Ben Ali was given a 20-year sentence for inciting murder and violence in a separate case.

The military court has ruled that families of some of the victims should receive compensation.

“I don’t need any money,” the mother of one dead man said.

“No money will bring my son back. I just want justice for my son.”

Ben Ali fled to Saudia Arabia as protests engulfed Tunisia. He had been in power for more than two decades.

The former strongman has already been handed multiple jail terms on other charges – also in absentia – ranging from corruption to torture.

Saudia Arabia has so far failed to respond to requests for his extradition.