Tunisia sets Ben Ali appeal trial date

2011-09-19 22:35

Tunis - The appeal trial for relatives of Tunisia's ousted leader Tunisian Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and his wife Leila Trabelsi was set to October 3 by a Tunis appeals court on Monday.

The relatives of the deposed dictator and of his feared wife - who fled to Saudi Arabia - were sentenced in August to jail terms ranging from four months to six years.

Most of them were arrested on January 14 as they desperately attempted to fly out of Tunisia after weeks of pressure from the street forced Ben Ali to flee.

They faced a raft of charges linked to their botched escape such as illegal possession of foreign cash and trafficking in jewels.

There are scores of judicial proceedings under way against Ben Ali himself, his extended family and ministers.

Many Tunisians have complained that justice has been slow to come since the fall of the dictatorship and fear that the old regime still has supporters in the current transitional administration.

Read more on:    zine el abidine ben ali  |  north africa  |  uprisings  |  tunisia protests

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