04 Jun '11, 2am

www.TunisiaVIP.com Tunisia to try Ben Ali, wife, in absentia 'in coming weeks': TUNIS - TUNISIA will try ousted

TUNIS - TUNISIA will try ousted strongman Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and his wife Leila Trabelsi in absentia 'in the coming days or weeks' in two first cases, a justice ministry spokesman said on Friday. 'The investigating magistrates have completed their inquiries. They will be transferred to the criminal court in the coming days or weeks,' said Mr Kadhem Zine el-Abidine. The couple fled to Saudi Arabia after a popular uprising forced Ben Ali's downfall on Jan 14 after 23 years of rule. The first charge relates to the discovery of weapons and drugs in the presidential palace at Carthage, the spokesman said. Almost 2kg of narcotics, thought to be cannabis, were allegedly found in the ex-president's private office. The second charge involves US$27 million (S$33 million) in cash discovered in Ben Ali's palace in the Tunis suburb of Sidi Bou Said in February. They are two of a t...

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