Nephew of Tunisia’s ex-president jailed for drug abuse

May 8th, 2011 - 8:29 am ICT by IANS  

Tunis, May 8 (IANS) A nephew of former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been sentenced to two years in prison by a court in the capital on charges of drug abuse, the official TAP news agency reported.

Imed Trabelsi is the nephew of Ben Ali’s wife. The 37-year-old businessman was also fined 2,000 dinars (about $2,650), said Xinhua.

Trabelsi first appeared in court in April, but the hearing was delayed as tension flared in the courtroom as many people attending the trial called for his conviction.

A few years ago, he was sentenced by a French court for stealing a luxurious yacht from a French port. However, after the case was handed over to a Tunisian judge, Trabelsi was released and the yacht returned to its owner.

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