21 Feb 2011

Tunisia asks Saudi Arabia to extradite Ben Ali

8:02 pm on 21 February 2011

Tunisia's foreign ministry has asked Saudi Arabia to extradite deposed president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

The ministry says the request follows new charges against Mr Ben Ali, which included committing and inciting homicide.

Mr Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia in January after the uprising over unemployment and corruption ended his 23-year rule.

Reports since then suggest he may be seriously ill.