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Tunisia asks UAE, Qatar to freeze Ben Ali assets

Requests from Tunisia to freeze Ben Ali's assets in Qatar and UAE were send early this month.

May 22, 2011 11:09 by

Tunisia has asked the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to freeze the assets of ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and members of his family, the official TAP news agency said on Saturday.

A Justice Ministry source told TAP that Tunisia submitted the requests with the UAE and Qatar on May 3 and May 12 respectively. It gave no further details.

Caretaker authorities in Tunisia, in an apparent attempt to assert their authority and gain legitimacy in the eyes of protesters who forced the transition, have cracked down on vestiges of Ben Ali’s long rule.

Several members of his family and security apparatus as well as some of his closest allies were detained shortly after the president was ousted on January 14 and fled to Saudi Arabia.

Anti-corruption groups asked authorities in the neighbouring UAE in March to take action over possible transfer of assets by Ben Ali and his family. (Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Joseph Nasr, Editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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