Magharebia (Washington DC)

20 December 2012

Tunisia: Nation to Sell Ben Ali Possessions

Tunisians will soon have the opportunity to buy the possessions of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family, Babnet reported on Wednesday (December 19th).

Starting Sunday in Gammarth, works of art, jewellery, clothing, carpets, ceramics, furniture, electronics and other items seized from Ben Ali and 114 of his relatives will be available for purchase.

The highlight of the month-long sale is expected to be the former president's automobile collection, AFP reported. Ben Ali's cars include a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 460, a Bentley Continental sports car, an armoured Cadillac and a Maybach 62.

Seized property valued at less than 10,000 dinars (5,000 euros) will be sold at a fixed price, with more expensive items open for bidding, acting finance minister Slim Besbes said.

The government hopes to raise at least 10 million euros from the sale.

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