Tunisia ex-dictator receives new life sentence

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 19 at 8:33 AM

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A military court has convicted Tunisia's former dictator for complicity in the deaths of protesters in the north of the country during last year's uprising and sentenced him to life in prison.

Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who is in exile in Saudi Arabia, was given a life sentence in June for the killings of protesters in the south.

Some 43 officials were tried in the same case Thursday, receiving sentences ranging from five years in prison to life.

Ben Ali has been convicted by civilian courts on charges of drug trafficking, illegal arms trading and abuse of public funds, and sentenced to 66 years in prison.

Tunisia has asked Saudi Arabia to extradite Ben Ali so he can face charges in person.

At least 338 people died in the uprising.

Print
Email
|