Tunisia issues arrest warrant for ex-minister

Tunisia's interim government has been under pressure to prosecute more people from Ben Ali's administration, which Tunisians believe pillaged the country's wealth while ruthlessly stamping out dissent.

Tunisia issues arrest warrant for ex-minister

A Tunisian judge issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for a former defence minister who was serving under President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali when he was toppled earlier this year, the state news agency reported.

Tunisia's revolution electrified the Arab world and inspired revolts in countries including Egypt and Libya. Many in the region now look to the north African country as a model for how to make the transition from dictatorship to democracy.

Tunisia's interim government has been under pressure to prosecute more people from Ben Ali's administration, which Tunisians believe pillaged the country's wealth while ruthlessly stamping out dissent.

But so far only a handful of top officials, including a former interior minister, Ben Ali's head of security, and two presidential advisors, have been put behind bars.

A judge issued the warrant for ex-defence minister Ridha Grira over allegations related to real estate deals in a previous role as minister for state property and land affairs, the TAP news agency reported.

It was not immediately clear if Grira was still in the country. After Ben Ali and his wife fled to Saudi Arabia, many of his associates also left Tunisia to avoid prosecution by the new authorities.

Reuters

Last Mod: 21 Eylül 2011, 11:23
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