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EU sanctions against deposed president and his wife come into effect

Published the:  08/02/2011

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February 8, 2011 - TAP - The "targeted restrictive measures" the European Union (EU) Council adopted against "persons responsible for the embezzlement of Tunisian public funds" came into effect, after the list of the concerned persons was put on the EU's official publication.
Sanctions, which came into effect last February 7, concern a list of 48 persons who are charged by the Tunisian authorities with embezzlement, opening bank accounts and holding financial assets in several countries as part of money laundering, including the ousted president and his wife.
Adopted during a meeting of Foreign Affairs Council, held last January 31 in Brussels, these measures stipulate freezing of "all assets and economic resources belonging to persons accused of embezzlement, and natural persons, legal entities or bodies associated to them, as well as all capitals and economic resources which are in their possession, are held or controlled by these persons, entities or bodies".
The EU Council's decision stipulates that "no assets or economic resources could be made, directly or indirectly, available to natural persons, legal entities or bodies on the list in the appendix, or used for their benefit".
The present decision is applied for a twelve-year period and is the object of a constant follow-up.
 It is extended or modified, should the need rise, if the Council estimates that these targets have not been reached.
The EU encourages third party States to adopt similar restrictive measures.
Here are the 48 names listed by the EU official publication:
1 - Zine el Abidine Ben Haj Hamda Ben Haj Hassan Ben Ali,
2 - Leila Bent Mohamed Ben Rhouma Trabelsi,
3 - Moncef Ben Mohamed Ben Rhouma Trabelsi,
4 - Mohamed Ben Moncef Ben Mohamed Ben Rhouma Trabelsi,
5 - Fahd Mohamed Sakher Ben Moncef Ben Mohamed Hfaiez Materi,
6 - Nesrine Bent Zine el Abidine Ben Haj Hamda Ben Ali,
7 - Halima Bent Zine el Abidine Ben Haj Hamda Ben Ali,
8 - Belhassen Ben Mohamed Ben Rhouma Trabelsi,
9 - Mohamed Naceur Ben Mohamed Ben Rhouma Trabelsi,
10 - Jalila Bent Mohamed Ben Rhouma Trabelsi,
11 - Mohamed Imed Ben Mohamed Naceur Ben Mohamed Trabelsi,
12 - Mohamed Adel Ben Mohamed Ben Rhouma Trabelsi,
13 - Mohamed Mourad Ben Mohamed Ben Rhouma Trabelsi,
14 - Samira Bent Mohamed Ben Rhouma Trabelsi,
15 - Mohamed Montassar Ben Kbaier Ben Mohamed Meherzi,
16 - Nefissa Bent Mohamed Ben Rhouma Trabelsi,
17 - Habib Ben Kaddour Ben Mustapha Ben Zakir,
18 - Moez Ben Moncef Ben Mohamed Trabelsi,
19 - Lilia Bent Noureddine Ben Ahmed Nacef,
20 - Mourad Ben Hedi Ben Ali Mehdoui,
21 - Houssem Ben Mohamed Naceur Ben Mohamed Trabelsi,
22 - Bouthaina Bent Moncef Ben Mohamed Trabelsi,
23 - Nabil Ben Abderrazek Ben Mohamed Trabelsi,
24 - Mehdi Ben Ridha Ben Mohamed Ben Gaied,
25 - Mohamed Slim Ben Mohamed Hassen Ben Salah Chiboub,
26 - Dorsaf Bent Zine el Abidine Ben Haj Hamda Ben Ali,
27 - Sirine Bent Zine el Abidine Ben Haj Hamda Ben Ali,
28 - Mohamed Marouen Ben Ali Ben Mohamed Mabrouk,
29 - Ghazoua Bent Zine el Abidine Ben Haj Hamda Ben Ali,
30 - Slim Ben Mohamed Salah Ben Ahmed Zarrouk,
31 - Farid Ben Haj Hamda Ben Haj Hassen Ben Ali,
32 - Faouzi Ben Haj Hamda Ben Haj Hassen Ben Ali,
33 - Hayet Bent Haj Hamda Ben Haj Hassen Ben Ali,
34 - Najet Bent Haj Hamda Ben Haj Hassen Ben Ali,
35 - Slaheddine Ben Haj Hamda Ben Haj Hassen Ben Ali,
36 - Kaïs Ben Slaheddine Ben Haj Hamda Ben Ali,
37 - Hamda Ben Slaheddine Ben Haj Hamda Ben Ali,
38 - Nejmeddine Ben Slaheddine Ben Haj Hamda Ben Ali,
39 - Najet Bent Slaheddine Ben Haj Hamda Ben Ali,
40 - Douraïed Ben Hamed Ben Taher Bouaouina,
41 - Akrem Ben Hamed Ben Taher Bouaouina,
42 - Ghazoua Bent Hamed Ben Taher Bouaouina,
43 - Imed Ben Habib Ben Bouali Ltaief,
44 - Naoufel Ben Habib Ben Bouali Ltaief,
45 - Montassar Ben Habib Ben Bouali Ltaief,
46 - Mehdi Ben Tijani Ben Haj Hamda Ben Haj Hassen Ben Ali,
47 - Slim Ben Tijani Ben Haj Hamda Ben Ali
48 - Sofiene Ben Habib Ben Haj Hamda Ben Ali.