NGOs Claim President, Family Holding Assets Belonging To
A business jet belonging to the family of deposed Tunisian
President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has been seized by French
officials near Paris. The move is part of the EU's effort to freeze
the assets of Ben Ali and his wife after being ousted in a popular
The aircraft, a Bombardier jet, was seized at Le Borget airport
as part of an investigation which began after several
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) filed a lawsuit to have
the deposed leader's assets returned to Tunisia if it is proven
they were taken illegally.
Reuters reports that the groups, Transparency International,
Sherpa, and the Arab Commission for Human Rights assert that Ben
Ali and is family are in possession of valuable real estate in
Paris, as well as large bank accounts.