Bank assets of ousted Tunisia president in UAE ordered frozen by central bank.
The United Arab Emirates central bank has ordered banks to freeze
all assets of ousted Tunisian president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, his
wife, and 120 other Tunisians, a newspaper said on Wednesday, AFP reported. UAE's Alrroya al-Iqtissadia daily cited a central bank
circular as telling banks to "search for and freeze accounts,
deposits and investments" of the former autocrat who is sheltered
in Saudi Arabia, and those of his wife Leila Trabelsi and the others.
The bank said it was acting following a request, transmitted through the
foreign ministry from the Tunisian public prosecutor, to freeze those
assets worldwide, the paper added. Ben Ali fled Tunisia in January
following a revolt against his 23-year rule. Family members say he
suffered a stroke in February and he has made no public appearances. He
broke his silence on Monday through his French lawyer Jean-Yves Le
Borgne describing as a "masquerade" his imminent trial in
Tunisia on corruption charges. Tunisia's interim administration has
asked for the former president's extradition from Saudi Arabia
along with his wife. Several European countries have frozen assets
belonging to Ben Ali and his entourage.