June 21 - A Tunisian court sentences the nation's ousted president and wife to 35 years jail after trying them in absentia. Paul Chapman reports.
Protestors outside the court in units when the country's ousted president was trying to its absence demanded his return to face justice. Now that deemed an -- and his wife -- -- he were accused of things to do illegal possession of large amounts of jewelry and cash. They've been found guilty after one day trial on Monday the and what you sentenced to 35 years in jail. They rules say it finds nearly 66 million dollars verdict -- further charges relating to possession of drugs and weapons -- at the end of -- Lebanese -- in -- Missouri says he was appointed to defend Lebanon -- bureaucracy kept him from Monday's hearing. In order to be it was before my duties within iTunes. After opening. Two thirds of the authorization. One which is a political one which is the visa for entity that thing in this profession on which is not that violated the Tunisian buck. There's no I did not I'm not have not I was not in it don't think either. So that's why I cannot commencement drove into an -- Ben Ali and his wife seen here in file pictures fled to Saudi Arabia in January often mass demonstrations. Ended his 23 year rule. The -- who denied all charges was seen by many to museums as symbols of corruption. The protests that ousted him ignited some of the revolts in other countries including Egypt. He's former president also faces trial in the deaths of demonstrate its. -- --