Trial of Tunisia ex-president Ben Ali began in absentia

On June 20, 2011, the trial of former Tunisian President Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali began on charges including murder, conspiracy and trafficking. During protests against his rule, Ben Ali had fled to Saudi Arabia, where his family had stowed away great wealth. Ben Ali denied the charges against him and had not been extradited back to Tunisia. In January 2011, the Tunisia Constitutional Council announced that Ben Ali had permanently left office amid nationwide protests.


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