Ben Ali slams all charges against him
Tunisia's ousted president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, whose trial in absentia starts on Monday, has dismissed all charges against him and described them as a "victors' justice", a source close to him said. Ben Ali who fled on January 14 to Saudi Arabia has "strongly denied the accusations fielded against him," said the source.
According to AFP, Ben Ali "considers what is happening to be a shameful picture of a victors' justice," said the source, adding that the former leader "thinks that the trial might be aimed at diverting the attention of Tunisians from the troubles sweeping the country."
Among others Ben Ali faces charges related to drugs and weapons found in a palace in Carthage.
Two lawyers have been appointed to defend Ben Ali and his wife in the trials to begin Monday relating to cash, weapons and drugs.