Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ex-president of Tunisia given 2d life sentence by military court

Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has received a second life sentence following a trial in absentia by a military court. According to this account:
In the early hours of Tuesday, the court delivered its verdict against Ben Ali, blaming him for the death and injury of protesters in the southeastern town of Al-Hamma when security forces attempted to put down demonstrations – the first "Arab Spring" uprising – that broke out against Ben Ali's 14-year autocratic rule.
Why was this case tried in a military court? 

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