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Monday, June 20, 2011

Ben Ali: Claims He Didn't Plan to Stay in Jidda

Make of this whatever you will: Through his lawyers, ousted Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali now says that he intended to fly his family to Jidda in January and then return immediately to Tunisia, but his Presidential plane, told to wait for him in Jidda, took off without him. So what was the whole flying to Europe/turning around and refueling in Sicily Sardinia/then flying to Jidda thing all about?

Of course he's just been sentenced in absentia, along with his wife, to 35 years in prison, so maybe that Saudi guest house in Jidda won't look so bad after all.


Tom said...

Just how long was that democratic court in session before it rendered its verdict?

An open and shut case?

Michael Collins Dunn said...

I think it was a one-day wonder.