Leila Trabelsi, wife of former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and their daughter, Nasrin Ben Ali, were sentenced in absentia last Friday to 6 years in prison in a financial corruption case.
The verdict was handed down by the Criminal Chamber competent to hear cases of financial corruption in the court of First Instance in Tunisia, according to Tunisian satellite “Nesma”.
Ali & apos; s son-in-law and daughter-in-law were brought to trial pursuant to Article 96 of the Penal Code, concerning the investigation or likeness of a public official for the undivided benefit of himself or others and to the detriment of the administration.
Tunisia’s Acting Justice Minister Hassana bensouliman said last month that a 5-year freeze on the funds of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and those with him in Canada was approved from 23 March 2021.
The minister also confirmed, during a parliamentary plenary session, that this is thanks to the ministry’s contribution to the preparation of a file related to the request for an extension in the freezing of Tunisian funds looted abroad, stressing that efforts are continuing to recover the looted funds abroad despite the difficulties.
The Tunisian presidency said it had been converted Switzerland 3.5 million Tunisian dinars ($1.27 billion) of assets of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to the Tunisian central bank.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the presidency said:”as part of the president’s ongoing follow-up to the file on the recovery of looted funds abroad, the presidency of the Republic has learned that the Swiss authorities have transferred a sum of approximately 3 million dinars and a half to the account of the Tunisian state at the central bank.”