Tunisia detains 3 Ben Ali allies

2011-03-13 10:29
Tunis - Tunisia's state news agency says authorities have arrested three close allies of deposed former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

The TAP agency says Abdallah Kallel, Abdelaziz Ben Dhia and Abdelwaheb Abdallah were detained on suspicion of illegally obtaining money and other alleged crimes as part of a crackdown against the recently dissolved ruling party, known by the acronym RCD.

Tunisia's interim authorities had previously placed the three men under house arrest after Ben Ali fled into exile in mid-January following weeks of violent street protests, sparking similar upheaval across the Arab world.

TAP says they were remanded in custody after appearing Saturday before an investigating judge.

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