Demonstrators carry portraits of Matmati, who was arrested in 1991 during Ben Ali’s rule and tortured to death.
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The first court case brought by a Tunisian commission probing human rights violations stretching back six decades opened Tuesday, with 14 ex-officials, including the ousted dictator, on trial. The Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) was set up in 2014 following the 2011 revolt that toppled dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.Tuesday's first court case concerns the forced disappearance of Kamel Matmati, a member of the Islamist movement Ennahdha, who was arrested in October 1991 during Ben Ali's rule, and tortured to death.The commission has interviewed close to 50,000 people and referred at least 32 cases of "serious violations" of human rights to Tunisian courts.Thirteen specialized tribunals have been set up and Tuesday's trial is the first in a series of court cases.
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