Tunisian ex-leader sentenced to 35 years in jail

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Posted: Jun 20, 2011 3:24 PM
Tunisian ex-leader sentenced to 35 years in jail

TUNIS (Reuters) - A Tunisian court on Monday sentenced ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife, in absentia, to 35 years in jail each after finding them guilty of theft and unlawful possession of cash and jewelry.

Reading out the verdict and sentence in the courtroom after just one day of deliberation, the judge also ruled Ben Ali and his wife would have to pay fines totaling 91 million Tunisian dinars ($65.6 million).

The judge said the verdict on other charges, relating to illegal possession of drugs and weapons, would be pronounced on June 30, according to a Reuters reporter who was in the courtroom.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Andrew Heavens)