Tunisia court upholds conviction of Ben Ali nephew

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Posted: Jun 25, 2011 12:24 PM
Tunisia court upholds conviction of Ben Ali nephew

Tunisia's official news agency says a Tunis appeals court has upheld the conviction of a nephew of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on drug use and possession charges.

The TAP news agency reported Saturday that the court gave Imed Trabelsi a four-year prison sentence _ or twice the penalty handed down in the original trial in May _ and a 3,000-dinar ($2,100) fine.

A Justice Ministry spokesman said Trabelsi will stand trial on other charges including corruption, fraud and illegal trafficking of archaeological items.

Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia Jan. 14 amid a public uprising. He and his wife, Leila Trabelsi, were convicted in absentia Monday and sentenced to 35 years each in prison and fined millions of dollars.