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Interpol issues global alert to arrest Ben Ali and six of his relatives

Published the:  27/01/2011

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January 26, 2011 - TAP - At the request of the Tunisian authorities, Interpol issued, on Wednesday, an alert to all 187 member countries to seek the location and arrest of former president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and six of his relatives.
"Mr. Ben Ali and some of his family members are wanted in Tunisia on charges of alleged property theft and the illegal transfer of foreign currency," said Interpol in a statement issued in Lyons, France.
Interpol had not unveiled the names of other wanted persons. The investigation regarding illegal acquisition of property targets dozens of other individuals, including the wife of the dictator, Leila Trabelsi, his son-in-law Sakher El Materi as well as the brother-in-law of Ben Ali, Belhassen Trabelsi.
Minister of Justice Lazhar Karoui Chebbi said, on Wednesday morning, that all fugitives in this affair were subjected to a warrant for arrest in Tunisia.
Ben Ali and his wife are in Saudi Arabia after having fled the country.

As to Belhassen Trabelsi media reports said he had arrived last Thursday in Montreal along with his wife.