Tunisians call for Ben Ali’s extradition

April 16th, 2011 - 5:40 am ICT by IANS  

Tunis, April 16 (IANS) About 300 Tunisians Friday staged a demonstration outside the Saudi embassy here, calling for the extradition of former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Xinhua reported.

Protesters hurled shoes at an effigy of the former president and held a mock trial sentencing him to death, according to the official TAP news agency.

Ben Ali was granted asylum in Saudi Arabia after he fled from his country Jan 14, following protests against his 23-year rule.

Friday’s protest came days after Tunisian Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi’s announcement that the authorities had prepared 18 charges, ranging from voluntary manslaughter to drug trafficking, against Ben Ali.

In a statement on Tunisian television, Chebbi said filing the legal case would facilitate the extradition of the former president from Saudi Arabia.

In late January, Tunisia issued international arrest warrants against the former president, his wife and other family members.

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