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2011-05-15

Tunis tribunal begins Ben Ali probe

A Tunis military tribunal officially took over the cases of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, former Interior Minister Rafik Belhaj Kacem and other persons accused of criminal activity under the previous government, a military justice source told TAP on Saturday (May 14th). The investigating judge also issued warrants for police intervention unit official Jalel Boudriga, former Public Security Director Lotfi Zouaoui and former Special Services Director Rachid Ben Abid.

Tunisia's interim government last month filed 44 legal cases against Ben Ali, members of his family and some of his ministers. The ex-president faces 18 different charges, including murder, conspiracy against the security of the state, trafficking and the use of drugs.

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