Tunisia's ousted leader charged over shooting deaths

May 5, 2011 01:30


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TUNIS - Tunisian authorities have filed new charges against ousted leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife over the killing of protesters during the revolt against his rule, the official TAP news agency reported on Wednesday.

Quoting a judicial source, TAP said the charges stemmed from the shooting dead of several protesters by security forces in the central Tunisian town of Ouardanine, when protesters tried to stop Ben Ali's nephew, Kais Ben Ali, from fleeing the city.

The incident occurred on the night between Jan. 15 and 16, a day after month-long street protests forced Ben Ali to flee to Saudi Arabia, ending his 23-year rein. The Tunisian uprising was the first of many to sweep the Arab world.

The new charges accuse Ben Ali and his wife, Leila Trabelsi, of "plotting against the internal security of the state" and "instigating disorder, murder and looting," TAP reported.

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