Man with 'wanted' poster pinned to shirt, calling for Mr Ben Ali's return to Tunisia
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Tunisia's Ben Ali sentenced to 35 years in absentia

Ousted Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife Leila have been sentenced to 35 years in prison for embezzzlement and other charges, and fined more than $65m.

The couple, who left Tunisia for Saudi Arabia after a popular uprising in January, were tried in absentia.

The presiding judge said a verdict on charges relating to illegal possession of drugs and weapons would be announced on 30 June.

Will Grant reports.

  • 21 Jun 2011