Antiquities found in homes of deposed Tunisian president’s family

16 Feb 2011 2:30 PM | Anonymous

Antiquities found in homes of deposed Tunisian president’s family

By Marisa Mazria Katz | Web only
Published online 16 Feb 11 (News)

Tunis. Artefacts and antiquities from Tunisia's major museums have been found in the recently abandonned homes of deposed autocratic president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali following the political uprising in the north African country.

Ben Ali and his family fled Tunisia on 14 January after street demonstrations against his 23-year autocratic rule ripped through the country. They have subsequently sought refuge in Saudi Arabia. Just prior to their departure, Ben Ali's wife, Leila, is reported to have taken one and a half tonnes of gold, valued at $56m. Representatives of the country's central bank have denied its removal.

The European Union voted to freeze the assets of the ousted Ben Ali. The uprising, dubbed the Jasmine Revolution, was sparked by a 26-year-old Tunisian street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself on fire after authorities confiscated his produce. He has since died from his wounds.

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