Rabu, 26 Januari 2011

Interpol Began Hunting President Ben Ali

Tunisia has requested assistance from Interpol to arrest deposed President Zine al-Abidine Ben-Ali and his wife, Leila Trabelsi, as well as other members of his family who had fled during the uprising, said Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi, on Wednesday.

Chebbi told a news conference, Tunisia wants to hear Ben Ali and his group as "possession of property (taken over) and transfer foreign currency abroad. He mentioned seven members of Ben Ali's family who was arrested in Tunisia but said that Imed Trabelsi, a niece Leila Trabelsi, and Sakher al-Matter, Ben Ali's daughter, had fled abroad.

According to the minister, a brother of Leila, Belhassan Trabelsi, has also been submitted to Interpol. Chebbi said the six-member presidential guard troops who were arrested, including Ali Seriati, will stand trial on charges of "conspiracy against state security and inciting people to fight each other with guns".

The minister added that no legal action has been taken against Rafik Belhaj Kacem, interior minister Ben Ali's government, which has led the effort to quell the insurgency that erupted last December. Ben Ali was sacked minister a few days before he fled from his country.

Ben Ali to leave the country mid-January in the midst of growing demands for his resignation even though he has said he would not seek an extension of term of office after 2014. He is rumored to be in Saudi Arabia.

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