TUNIS (AFP) - Tunisia placed toppled former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on trial for plunder Monday, underlining the exiled strongman's fall from grace as he insisted he was duped into fleeing January's revolution. The Saudi-based former president, who denies any wrongdoing, faces charges related to theft, drugs and weapons offences. He could be jailed for up to 20 years if found guilty. Despite his absence from the trial, Ben Ali marked the trial's opening with a statement in which he denied that he had intended to go into exile and condemned political developments in Tunisia since the end of his 23-year rule.