While his lawyer, Mounir Ben Salha, announced a funeral in Mecca, former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who died Thursday in Saudi Arabia, was able to take advantage of a funeral in Tunisia.
The Tunisian government is ready to give a "favorable" continuation to the funeral of deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia, died on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, "if his family asked for it", the Tunisia Africa agency said The same source added that the government should work to ensure that the funeral ceremony is "under the best conditions."
Ben Ali's lawyer, Mounir Ben Salha, told Reuters that the funeral of the former president will take place on Friday in Saudi Arabia. On his official Facebook page, the lawyer said the former Tunisian head of state will be buried in Mecca "as he wished."
After more than two decades of repressive power, Ben Ali was thrown in early 201
Rumors of his death have circulated several times in recent years.
19659006] On September 12, Mr. Ben Salha that the deposed president was "in critical condition". He then denied rumors of death. "He's not dead, but his health is poor, he's out of the hospital and currently being treated at home, and his condition is stabilizing," he told a local radio station.
Given the recent "rumors", Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed assured him that he was ready to give his "green light for his return."
"This is a humanitarian case. Rumors say he can return to his country like any other Tunisian," says Chahed, interviewed on Hannibal TV. "If he wants to return to be buried here, I give the green light."  Shortly after the announcement of the death on Thursday, the burial ground – Saudi Arabia or Tunisia – remained unknown.
Ben Ali and his wife Leila Trabelsi ruled Tunisia with an iron hand for 23 years, putting the country's economy in regulated cuts.
2018 absentia trial for "voluntary murder", "abuse of power" or "embezzlement", he had been sentenced in absentia to several prison terms, several of them in perpetuity.