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New Charges Against Ousted Tunisian Dictator

Former Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali
Tunisian authorities have filed new charges against ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife.

The official TAP news agency said the charges are connected with the killing by security forces of protesters during the revolt that resulted in Ben Ali's ouster in January.

The report cited a Justice Ministry statement as saying Ben Ali and his wife, Leila Trabelsi, are accused of "plotting against the interior security of the state" and "inciting disorder, murder, or pillaging."

The new charges are reported linked to the shooting deaths of several protesters by security forces in the central town of Ouardanine, when protesters tried to stop Ben Ali's nephew from fleeing.

The latest charges are in addition to 18 other cases already filed by the Tunisian authorities against Ben Ali, who fled along with much of his family to Saudi Arabia on January 14.

The new Tunisian authorities are seeking the extradition of Ben Ali and his wife from Saudi Arabia.

compiled from agency reports