Tunisia sets Ben Ali clan appeal trial for 3 October

AFP , Monday 19 Sep 2011

A Tunis appeals court set 3 October as a date for the appeal trial for relatives of Tunisia's ousted President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali

Ben Ali
Tunisia's ousted leader Zine el Abidine Ben Ali (Photo:Reuters)

The appeal trial for relatives of Tunisia's ousted leader Tunisian Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and his wife Leila Trabelsi was set to 3 October by a Tunis appeals court Monday.

The relatives of the deposed dictator and of his feared wife -- who fled to Saudi Arabia -- were sentenced in August to jail terms ranging from four months to six years.

Most of those convicted were arrested on 14 January as they desperately attempted to fly out of Tunisia after weeks of pressure from the street forced Ben Ali to flee.

They faced a raft of charges linked to their botched escape such as illegal possession of foreign cash and trafficking in jewels.

There are scores of judicial proceedings under way against Ben Ali himself, his extended family and ministers.

Many Tunisians have complained that justice has been slow to come since the fall of the dictatorship and fear that the old regime still has supporters in the current transitional administration.

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