On November 30, 2011, a Tunisian military court convicted former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on torture charges relating to the torture of 17 military generals during a 1991 attempted coup. Ben Ali's sentence of 5 years in prison was added to a previous 35 year prison sentence from June 2011. This conviction was the first of a government official since the newly elected government took control of the country. Ben Ali had left the country in January 2011 after declaring a state of emergency stemming from nationwide protests.
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