Tunisia: former president sentenced to life prison (2)

19 July, 19:14

(ANSAMed) - Tunis, July 19 - The sentence against Ben Ali, who is currently living in Saudi Arabia and was condemned in absentia was part of a trial against ex-regime leaders for crimes against victims of the "Jasmine Revolution" in greater Tunis - an area that includes the capital, its periphery, and surrounding cities - which came to a conclusion Thursday.

The former president was already sentenced to life in prison in another trial a month ago, for the death of dozens of protesters in Thala, Kasserine e Ouardanine.

At the same trial today, the formerly powerful and widely hated ex-head of security, Ali Seriati, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The former interior minister Rafik Belhaj Kacem received a jail term of 15 years. The ex-head of the national guard, Mohamed Lamine El Abed, faces 10 years of prison. Another former interior minister, Ahmed Friaa, saw the case against him dismissed.

At the reading of the sentence, relatives of many victims protested against the penalties for being overly mild.

(ANSAmed).

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