Ex-Tunisian president’s kin gets 18 years prison

November 26th, 2011 - 5:45 am ICT by IANS  

Tunis, Nov 26 (IANS) A relative of former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been sentenced to 18 years in prison over bounced cheques, the state media reported.

Imed Trabelsi, the nephew of Ben Ali’s wife, was also fined 150,000 dinars (about $100,000) by a court here, Xinhua reported quoting the state-run news agency TAP Friday.

Trabelsi, who is already in jail for other crimes, including drug possession, money laundering and embezzlement, has been on a hunger strike since Nov 8 to protest against, what he termed, “the absence of a fair trial”.

A Tunisian court had earlier issued international arrest warrants against Ben Ali’s wife Leila Trabelsi, and her elder brother Belhassen Trabelsi for their involvement in a cheating case.

Leila Trabelsi is allegedly living in Saudi Arabia where the former president and his family were given refuge, while her brother, a millionaire businessman, has fled to Canada.

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