Former Tunisian president faces fresh trials for corruption

10:00, July 15, 2011      

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Former Tunisian president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who fled to Saudi Arabia on January 14 following a popular uprising against his 23 year autocratic rule, is facing two new trials, the official press agency TAP reported on Thursday.

Ben Ali, along with his daughter Nesrine Ben Ali and his son-in- law Sakher El Materi, will stand for trial on July 21 before a court in Tunis for the illegal acquisition of a plot of land for the benefit of a real estate company belonging to his son-in-law and his daughter who later scooped 18 million dinars (14 million U. S. dollars) after reselling it.

The second affair concerns the modification of the status of another piece of land, initially protected as a green area, in favor of real estate company belonging to Sakher El Materi.

The verdicts in both cases will have a positive impact in reactivating the extradition procedures launched against the accused, TAP said quoting a representative of the justice ministry.

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