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$ 29 M RECOVERED FROM BEN ALI’S WIFE

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Tunisia on 11 April received $28.8 million in the first such retrieval of what it calls looted assets held abroad by ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family. The state news agency TAP said a check in that amount had been handed to President Moncef Marzouki by Ali bin Fetais Al-Marri, appointed by the United Nations to head efforts to recover money from leaders overthrown in Arab uprisings. Marri, Qatar’s attorney-general, was named UN Special Advocate for Stolen Asset Recovery in September.

TAP said the money returned to Tunisia had been in a Lebanese bank account belonging to Laila Trabelsi, the wife of Ben Ali, who fled Tunisia with his family on 14 January, 2011 after popular protests ended his 23-year rule. Local media say billions of dollars acquired corruptly by Ben Ali and his entourage remain unaccounted for, but the exact amount is not known.



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