TUNISIAN EX-LEADER TO FACE TRIA

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STORY: TUNISIAN EX-LEADER TO FACE TRIAL DATELINE: June 13, 2011 LENGTH: 0:01:04 LOCATION: Tunis INTRO Tunisia says its former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia in January during anti-government protests, will face trial in absentia. This move is seen as part of the efforts by Tunisia's caretaker government to assert its authority following Ben Ali's ouster. World News reports. PKG Declaring June 20 as the date for the trial, Tunisia's Interim Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi said on Monday that Ben Ali would face both a military and a civilian court. The ex-leader and his associates will be facing more than 90 charges including conspiring against the state, abuse of power, money laundering and drug trafficking. Tunisian authorities have said the first charges are related to the discovery of cash, weapons and drugs in presidential palaces. But Essebsi said Saudi authorities had not responded to Tunisian requests to hand over the former president Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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