News Brief 11/4/2011, Cheshvan 7, 5772
Tunisian Court Upholds Sentences of Ben Ali’s Relatives
A Tunisian court of appeal upheld jail sentences issued for the relatives of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, including those of his wife, Leila Trabelsi, on Thursday, according to Iran's Press TV. All were tried in absentia after they fled to Saudi Arabia, where they asked for the revision of the sentences last August.
If returned to Tunisia, Ben Ali's son-in-law Sakhr as-Materi will serve four years. Imed Trabelsi, the nephew of the ex-first lady, and his cousin Moez Trabelsi will serve two and six years, respectively for illegal possession of foreign cash and trafficking in jewels. Ben Ali and his wife were sentenced, in June, to a total of 35 years in prison on convictions for embezzlement and other charges.