16 Jan '11, 1am

Ex-Tunisian leader's relative killed

TUNIS: Imed Trabelsi, nephew of the powerful wife of ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, died of a knife wound in the capital's military hospital, a staff member told AFP Saturday. Trabelsi, the first confirmed victim in the former president's immediate entourage, died on Friday, said the source who asked not to be named. "Leila's little darling was knifed in the last few days and admitted to emergency," the medic said laconically, referring to Ben Ali's wife. Trabelsi, the favourite of the many nephews of the Ben Ali family, died on the day that his uncle and the rest of the clan fled the country under mounting street demonstrations amid accusations of corruption. It was not immediately clear how Trabelsi had been wounded, but reports circulating in Tunis spoke of a settling of accounts by one of his former colleagues. In May he had been "elected" mayor of ...

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