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October 23, 2021

Tunisia issues arrest warrant for ex-leader

Tunisia has issued an international arrest warrant for ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his family, the nation’s justice minister has said, BBC informs. Lazhar Karoui Chebbi said Tunisia had asked Interpol to detain Mr Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia earlier this month amid mass street protests. Mr Chebbi said Mr Ben Ali should be tried for property theft and transferring foreign currency. He was speaking as anti-government protests continued in the country. In the capital Tunis, some of the protesters reportedly tried to breach barricades around the main government compound, and police responded by firing tear gas. Mr Chebbi said Mr Ben Ali, his wife Leila, and other family members were being being sought for “illegal acquisition” of assets and “illicit transfers of funds abroad. The minister added that seven family members were currently in custody, but several more had fled abroad.

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