Tunisia seeks Ben Ali’s extradition

Officials have formally requested the extradition of former president from Saudi Arabia, where he fled last month – Published on AlJazeera, Source: Agencies, February 20, 2011.

  • … Tunisia now has an interim government which is preparing the country for national elections [AFP].
  • Tunisia is seeking the extradition of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from Saudi Arabia to face charges stemming from the violent crackdown on protesters last month, Tunisia’s foreign ministry has said.
  • Tunisia wants to try Ben Ali over his role in the deaths of protesters killed by security forces during the uprising, which brought an end to his decades-long rule, the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by state media on Sunday.

Ben Ali fled Tunisia to Jeddah on January 14, after weeks of protests ended his 23-year-old rule. The interim government, which is preparing the country for national elections, has asked Saudi Arabia to provide “as soon as possible” information on Ben Ali’s health, the state news agency TAP reported. The 74-year-old former leader is reportedly very ill in hospital after suffering a stroke. Rumours are rife that the former leader might be dead. 

Links:

Anti government protests continue in Bahrain, video from AlJazeera, published on YouTube, 2.13 min, 20 February 2011;

Libyan protesters defy crackdown, video from english AlJazeera, published on YouTube, 1.56 min;

What makes a revolution succeed? While the aspirations are different, Egyptians could take five lessons from Iran’s 1979 revolt, 14 Feb 2011;

Beyond the beards and burqas – As the Iraq inquiry and the 7/7 inquest draw to a close, attitudes to Islam in Britain are under scrutiny, by Stefan Simanowitz, Feb 17, 2011.

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