Zin el Abidin ibn Ali


January 27, 2022

Zin el Abidin ibn Ali (Arabic: زين العابدين بن علي; Hamam Sousse, Tunisia, September 3, 1936 - Jeddah, September 19, 2019), also known as Ben Ali, was the second President of Tunisia. He held that position from November 7, 1987, until he was forced to resign on January 14, 2011. After the resignation of Zin al-Abidin ibn Ali, he went to Saudi Arabia, where he lived for the rest of his life.


He was born on September 3, 1936 in Hamam Sousse, Tunisia, and was educated in France. The regime he led was assessed as authoritarian and undemocratic, according to independent international human rights groups such as Amnesty International. Accusations After leaving power, Zin al-Abidin ibn Ali was convicted in absentia in three proceedings in Tunisia. He was sentenced for the first time on July 4, 2011 to 15 and a half years in prison and a fine of 54,000 euros, for possession of weapons, narcotics and illegal trade in archeological antiques. In June 2011, he and his wife were sentenced to 35 years in prison and 45 million euros each for misusing state funds, after police found a large amount of money and jewelry in their palace. In late July 2011, a Tunisian court sentenced him to 16 years in prison on charges of corruption and property fraud. Ibn Ali rejected the first verdict, calling it a "parody of justice" and a "political liquidation". In 2012, he was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment.


Zin al-Abidine ibn Ali passed away on September 19, 2019 in Jeddah at the age of 84.

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