test in the absence of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali began after the former leader fled to Saudi Arabia
Tunisia on Monday began the trial of former President Zine el-Abidine Ben, whose dismissal by protesters angry about the police repression and corruption inspired by the Arab spring that has plagued the region.
Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on January 14, after mass protests against 23 years of government in which he, his wife and his family built stakes in large companies in the country and accumulated enormous fortunes for what they say the expense of the Tunisians.
inspired many in the Arab world who suffer from unemployment so high, rising prices and repressive regimes. Test Ben Ali will be closely monitored in Egypt, where former President Hosni Mubarak is due to stand trial for the murder of demonstrators.Hafia
Touhami judge, sitting in the courthouse in the Tunisian capital, said the court begins to hear allegations that Ben Ali was in illegal possession of foreign currency, jewelry, archeology, medicine and weapons.
"This is a normal process," said the judge.
Speaking to Reuters before the hearing began, Hosni Beji, one of five lawyers representing Ben Ali, told Reuters: "We will move the adjournment ... I want to convince Ben Ali attend the trial. "
The Tunisian press, enjoying unprecedented freedom after years of state control, has a number of reports say the family, Tunisians refer to them, had fled the country with large amounts of silver and gold.
More than 30 family members of Ben Ali and his wife, Leila Trabelsi, were arrested in the days after the fall of his regime. Some were charged with economic crimes and abuses of power.
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