On June 25, 2011, a Tunisian court of appeals upheld a conviction and four year prison sentence for Imed Trabelsi, the nephew of ousted former president Zine Al Abdine Ben Ali. A week prior, a Tunisian court had sentenced in absentia Sofiane Ben Ali, a second nephew of Ben Ali, to 15 years in prison for issuing more than $430,000 in bad checks. In a trial earlier that week that lasted only hours, Ben Ali and his wife were convicted in absentia on charges of theft and unlawful possession of money and jewelry. Ben Ali, while staying in Saudi Arabia, denied all the charges against him, including those stemming from alleged use of force against protesters that resulted in more than 200 deaths.
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