Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Tunis - 11,000 prisoners escaped from Tunisian jails since ousting of Ben Ali
26 January 2011 - TUNIS -- About 11,000 prisoners escaped from Tunisian prisons in the disorder that followed the ousting of former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali earlier this month, the justice minister said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a news conference, Lazhar Karoui Chebbi did not immediately give more details on the prisoners, but the number is far higher than previously believed.
Chebbi also said 2,460 prisoners had been released since Ben Ali fell in a popular revolt. It was not clear how many of them were in jail for political crimes.
Posted by sysiphus at 15:06