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Tunisia: Brother-in-law of ex-leader given prison sentence

Belhassen Trabelsi is accused of fraud, embezzlement and laundering criminal gains in Tunisia [File: AFP]

Tunisia: Brother-in-law of ex-leader given prison sentence.

A Tunisian court has sentenced Belhassen Trabelsi, brother-in-law of deposed late President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, to 10 years in jail for corruption, state-run press agency TAP reported.

On January 14, 2011, as Tunisia was shaken by anti-government protests, Belhassen, a wealthy businessman, fled by yacht to Italy.

The same day, Ben Ali flew to Saudi Arabia .

Belhassen flew to Canada and lived in Montreal until 2016 when he was denied asylum.

After three years on the run, Belhassen was arrested in March 2019 within the south of France.

Tunisia has sought his extradition from France since. He was accused of fraud, embezzlement and laundering criminal gains in Tunisia.

The court also sentenced Sami Fehri, the owner of El Hiwar TV, to eight years in prison within the same case.

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The court fined the 2 men 40 million dinars ($14.5m) for using state television resources for the advantage of a personal company and transferring advertising revenues to their company.

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