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Ben Ali Sentenced to Life in Prison Over Protesters’ Killing

July 19, 2012

A Tunisian military court sentenced ex-president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in absentia to life in prison today for complicity in the deaths of protesters during the popular uprising which led to his ouster last year, the country’s official news agency reported.

Ben Ali’s Interior Minister Rafik Belhaj Kacem was sentenced to 15 years in prison while his head of presidential security, Ali Seriati, got 20 years in jail, according to the news service, known as TAP.

On July 14, a military court sentenced Ben Ali to life in prison for his role in the deaths of protesters in several towns during the revolt. He received a sentence of 20 years from another military court the same day for inciting violence.

Ben Ali and his wife fled the country in January 2011 and are living in Saudi Arabia. He has also been convicted in civilian courts on other charges.

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