11 January 2013

Tunisia: Italian Justice Orders Return of Ben Ali's Seized Assets to Nation

Tunis — The Italian court of appeal has ordered the repatriation of the assets held in Italy by ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, reported on Thursday Italian news agency (ANSA).

These assets consist in a sum of money held in an Italian bank and a luxury yacht, the same source said without giving any details about the size of the assets.

According to ANSA and Reuters news agencies, the court said these assets will be returned to Tunisia as soon as possible, adding that the Tunisian authorities had previously requested the Italian government to seize the yacht and other assets of Ben Ali after his fall.

Last December 22, Tunisia began a month-long public auction of the assets of Ben Ali and his relatives to raise funds for the treasury department.

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