Lebanon returned to Tunisia Bin Ali’s $28.8 million


Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben AliThe office of Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki said Thursday that Lebanon has returned to Tunisia 28.8 million dollars stashed away there by the family of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Bin Ali was overthrown in January 2011 by the Tunisian people in their uprising against his dictatorship regime.

Tunisian authorities revealed that the funds in the Lebanon bank account were in the name of Leila Trabelsi, Ben Ali’s wife.

Marzouki said in a recent interview on a visit to Qatar that the Ben Alis, Trabelsis and other former regime officials had diverted between 15 billion and 50 billion dollars during the ousted dictator’s 23-year rule. A possible reference to Bin Ali’s brother-in-law Belhassen Trabelsi , who is being sought to face justice in Tunisia and who has asked Canada for political asylum.

Bin Ali and his wife fled to Saudi Arabia on Jan 14, 2011 and they reportedly still live there.

Lebanon is reportedly the first country to return the funds to the new Tunisian government, more than two years after the Tunisian revolution.




4 responses to “Lebanon returned to Tunisia Bin Ali’s $28.8 million”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    The nice thing to do … 😉 And again it depends on where you read ‘news’, to get the right slant.
    Try this one in parts ….
    “The money was recovered by the United Nations’ Stolen Asset Recovery team, reports Tunisia’s state news agency.
    The cheque for $29m was handed to President Moncef Marzouki by the UN’s Ali bin Fetais al-Marri, reports TAP.
    Mr al-Marri was appointed by the UN to head efforts to recover money from leaders overthrown in Arab uprisings.
    The money had reportedly been held in a Lebanese bank account belonging to Laila Trabelsi, the wife of Mr Ben Ali. She is believed to have fled to Saudi Arabia with Mr Ben Ali after the uprisings.
    However there have been political and legal difficulties in gaining access to accounts where the money is believed to be held.”

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    The nice thing to do … 😉

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Wonder when Assad’s deposits will go back to Syria …. hmmm

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Wonder when Assad’s deposits will go back to Syria …. hmmm

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