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EU to freeze assets of Tunisian ex-president

01-21-2011 07:36 BJT

TUNIS, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- The European countries Thursday agreed in a meeting to freeze the assets of Tunisia's fallen President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisian official TAP news agency reported.

The countries also decided to freeze the money of Ben Ali's family members, the report said, adding details concerning the move are yet to be fixed.

Meanwhile, the ex-president's 33 relatives were arrested of late on accusation of illegal property acquisitions among others, state TV reported Thursday.

Investigations will be carried out into the assets of Ben Ali and his family, including possible illegal financial transactions, foreign bank accounts and real estate, state TV cited official sources as saying, while showing footage of the luxury watches, gold and jewelry found among the family's possession.

The ex-president fled to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 14 following weeks of violent protests against corruption, unemployment and soaring prices.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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