TUNIS, 9 March 2021 – A court in Tunisia on Monday found a brother-in-law of the country’s former president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, guilty of corruption.

The court sentenced Belhassen Trabelsi to ten years in prison and fined him and an accomplice $15 million.

View of a Street during the Protests that Chased Ben Ali from Power - Photo The National

View of a Street during the Protests that Chased Ben Ali from Power – Photo The National

According to the ruling, Trabelsi and the owner of El Hiwar TV set up a private company and used it to siphon advertising revenue that should have gone to the country’s state-owned television station.

President Ben Ali was forced to step down from power and flee into exile more than ten years ago following months of street protests against his rule.

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