Tunisia : ex-president Ben Ali once again under homicide trial

Former Tunisian president, Ben Ali with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell (2004) © RR

Casablanca, (ADV) – In June 2012 a military court convicted Ben Ali in absentia and gave him a life sentence for his role in the killing of protesters in southern and central Tunisia.

The former President of Tunisia and his Interior Minister are among the defendants in a murder trial in Tunisia, Anadolu has reported. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and 24 others, including senior security officers, are accused of “intentional homicide” and participation in “murder”.

The case against the defendants relates to those who were killed or wounded in the city of Kasserine, where the trial is being held, and the nearby town of Thala during the January 2011 Revolution.

Anadolu said that the trial has arisen within the framework of the Transitional Justice Law after the case was referred by the Truth and Dignity Commission (Constitutional) in May to the Specialised Judicial Chamber of the Kasserine Court.

In June 2012 already, a military court convicted Ben Ali in absentia and gave him a life sentence for his role in the killing of protesters in southern and central Tunisia.

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