Tunisia's Ben Ali convicted in absentia

2011-06-20 22:33

Tunis - Tunisia's former ruler and his wife have been convicted in absentia on embezzlement and other charges after $27m in jewels and public funds were found in one of his palaces.

They were sentenced to 35 years each in prison.

The conviction of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Leila Trabelsi followed a day-long trial before the Tunis criminal court.

The couple went into exile on January 14 in Saudi Arabia after a month-long uprising that sparked a string of other uprisings in the Arab world.

- AP
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