Tunisia court gives 15-yr sentence to Ben Ali's nephew

June 22, 2011 16:01


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TUNIS - A Tunisian court has sentenced the nephew of the former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to 15 years in absentia, the state news agency said on Wednesday, after a court issued a first sentence against Ben Ali this week.

TAP said Sofian Ben Ali was found guilty of financial corruption but did not give details or any information on his whereabouts.

Dozens of relatives of Ben Ali as well as ministers and advisers have been jailed since he and his wife fled to Saudi Arabia in the face of a popular uprising in January. But few have been tried until now, angering many Tunisians.

A Tunisian court sentenced Ben Ali and his wife Leila Trabelsi in absentia on Monday to 35 years in jail for illegal possession of large amounts of cash and jewelery.

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