Ex-Tunisia Leader Gets 35 Years

    People demonstrate outside the Saudi Arabia embassy in Tunis to demand the return of former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali so he stand trial for corruption Friday April, 15, 2011.  Former Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia in January amid massive street protests. Poster reads in French: 'The thief and dictator'. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

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    The man whose ouster set off the Arab Spring has been sentenced to 35 years in jail. Former Tunisia President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife were each found guilty of theft and unlawful possession of cash and jewelry by a Tunisian court on Monday. They were also fined $65.6 million. And there are more charges left: Verdicts on other charges, including possession of drugs and weapons, will be announced at the end of June. Protests pushed Ben Ali out of office in January 2011, and his removal prompted a series of similar uprisings across northern Africa.

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