Tunisian ex-leader willing to return illicit wealth


Ousted former Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali is ready to hand over his Swiss-held financial assets to the Tunisian state, according to his lawyer. Ben Ali’s frozen wealth amount to some 60 million Swiss francs (48.7 million euros), the bank in Bern, Switzerland said in October. This announcement came after Tunisian experts and a team of Swiss officials handing alleged illicit assets held by Ben Ali and his entourage met in June. In 2011, Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia, was sentenced to more than 66 years in prison in three separate trials in Tunisia, for embezzlement, illegal possession of weapons and narcotics, housing fraud and abuse of power.

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