26 Jan '11, 11pm

Interpol issues arrest alert for Tunisia's ex-ruler - Channel News Asia

Interpol issues arrest alert for Tunisia's ex-ruler - Channel News Asia

TUNIS: Interpol issued an alert for the arrest of Tunisian ex-president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on Wednesday on a request from Tunis, after an uprising forced the veteran ruler to flee to Saudi Arabia. "Interpol can confirm that its National Central Bureau (NCB) in Tunis has issued a global alert via Interpol's international network to seek the location and arrest" of Ben Ali and six members of his family, it said in a statement. The cross-border police agency said that Interpol member states, which include Saudi Arabia, were asked to "search, locate and provisionally arrest Mr Ali and his relatives," pending a formal extradition request from Tunisia. Ben Ali, his wife and other members of his once all-powerful family are accused of illegally acquiring assets and transferring funds abroad during his 23-year rule, Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi said in Tunis. "No one...

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