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Official request from Tunisia to Saudi Arabia to extradite ousted president

Published the:  20/02/2011

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February 20, 2011 - TAP - Following a new set of charges filed against ousted president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, which consist of his involvement in several serious crimes, namely committing and inciting voluntary manslaughter, sowing discord among citizens of the same country by pushing them to kill each others, the Tunisian authorities extended to the Saudi authorities a formal request by diplomatic channels.
The aim of this request is to extradite the ousted president, said a communiqué from the Foreign Affairs Ministry released on Sunday.
The new set of charges are added to the instructions of an investigating judge issued by competent Tunisian authorities and previously sent to the Saudi legal authorities as part of an inquisitorial action initiated against the ousted president and his relatives on charges of "holding bank accounts and property in several countries, as part of laundering of money acquired illegally as well as illegal possession and exports of foreign currencies".
The foreign ministry also informs in this communiqué that it has made a request to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to "provide it as soon as possible with all information on the health of the ousted president, following the spread of contradictory news on the deterioration of his health and his possible death".