Tunisia's Ben Ali says he was tricked into leaving

By REUTERS
June 20, 2011 15:30

TUNIS - Tunisia's ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali said on Monday he was deceived into leaving the country, and denied giving orders for security forces to shoot at protesters who were demanding he step down.

In a statement issued by his lawyers, Ben Ali said he had agreed to take a plane to Saudi Arabia to bring his family to safety, and had planned to return immediately.

But he said the aircraft left Saudi Arabia without him after the crew ignored his instructions.


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