Tunisia court gives Ben Ali 15-year jail term

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Posted: Jul 04, 2011 12:14 PM
Tunisia court gives Ben Ali 15-year jail term

TUNIS (Reuters) - A Tunisian court sentenced former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in absentia to 15 years in prison on Monday after finding him guilty of illegal possession of drugs and weapons.

The verdict and sentence were read out by the judge in the courtroom after a one-day trial.

Lawyers for Ben Ali, who was ousted in January and is now in Saudi Arabia, boycotted the trial, saying it was a sham. Last month he was sentenced to 35 years in jail for other charges.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Michael Roddy)