Family members of those killed during the 2011 Tunisian Revolution, react at a trial of former senior members of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's regime, at a military court in Tunis, on April 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID
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A Tunisian military court has ordered the release of ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali's former interior minister and security chief, who were jailed after the country's 2011 revolution, the government and lawyers said.The release of security chief Ali Seriati and former interior minister Rafik Bel Haj Kalem, accused of repressing protesters during the uprising, may fuel tensions in a country just in the final stages of democratic transition.As in other "Arab Spring" nations which ousted long-standing rulers in 2011, debate over the role of former regime officials is a sensitive part of transition in Tunisia, where an Islamist party confronts a mainly secular rival coalition.The judicial decision late on Saturday night was confirmed by Nizar Ayad, attorney for the former interior minister.
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