Strictly speaking, the one who brought gold out of Tunisia was Leila Ben Ali, first lady of Tunisia. One week before Mr Leila's regime collapsed, Leila came to the central bank to instruct the bank's governor to hand over 1.5 tonnes of gold worth nearly $ 60 million. At first, the governor refused, but after President Ben Ali intervened, he obeyed.
Mrs Leila and her family used a yellow-hauled aircraft to the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Mr Ben Ali, along with his children and relatives, also flew to Saudi Arabia as refugees.
Leila Ben Ali is the most famous first lady in the Arab world for luxury lifestyle, spending money like water, dressing up for branded goods, driving a sports car (her family has more than 50), often go Shopping in Dubai, each spend hundreds of thousands of dollars. Therefore, she is nicknamed "Imelda Marcos of the Arab world." Imelda Marcos is a former Philippine first lady, currently the second richest Philippine politician, with property allegedly obtained through corruption during her husband's reign.
Leila also nicknamed "Marie Antoinette of Tunisia" with arrogant interests. She was often sent to pick up her own plane. Tropez, the famous resort town of the super-rich in France, bought ice cream and luxury food for her mansion on the Tunisian beach.
Leila Trabelsi (maiden name) is Ben Ali's second wife. From a hairdresser, one step becomes the first lady. Leila has 10 siblings and dozens of grandchildren. The most famous corrupt Trabelsi family, using the power of President Ben Ali dominate the banking industry, real estate business, large supermarket systems, telecommunications, communications, customs ... In general, Leila is widely seen as a symbol of corruption in Tunisia, much more than her husband.
In 2008, the US ambassador to Tunisia secretly reported to the US State Department that "Ben Ali's wife and her family are the most indignant Tunisians." The leak was leaked on the WikiLeaks website last year.
Illegal recovery of illegal property
Like the Persian Gulf dictators, it is difficult to identify the secret assets of Ben Ali and his family during the 23 years in power. In 2008, Forbes magazine estimated his fortune was $ 5 billion. However, according to Sami Ramadi, president of Tunisian Financial Transparency Association, the former Tunisian president's assets may reach $ 17 billion.
The most difficult thing for the Tunisian government, as well as the governments of Libya, Egypt ... after the "Arab Spring" and the "Hoa Lach Revolution", is to identify where the property is hidden and the legal process. to recover the stolen property.
After Ben Ali's resignation on January 14, 2011, the Tunisian government established in November last year began a campaign to revoke Mr Ben Ali's unclaimed property. Many of the companies and real estate of 114 of Ben Ali's relatives were confiscated. 33 members of the Ben Ali family were arrested at the crossing.
"We took a plane from the Ben Ali family ($ 15 million Falcon 900) and a $ 28 million Leila Ben Ali estate in Canada was deposited in a bank. in Beirut (Lebanon), "Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said on July 18.
According to the People's Army.
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