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Ousted Tunisian leader hoarded diamonds, cash: TV

Tunisia's ousted president stashed diamonds, gold and wads of cash in secret spots around his palace in the impoverished country's capital, according to video shown by state television on Saturday.

Popular uprisings in January toppled president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years of repressive rule, sending shockwaves through the rest of the Arab world and encouraging a similar revolution in Egypt.

Ben Ali hid treasures behind curtains and in secret compartments behind the palace library, according to the video broadcast by First National TV, which showed millions of dollars and euros, diamond necklaces and gold recovered from the palace in Tunis' Sidi Bou Said district.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 06:38:38 PM EST
Watching the refugees arriving in Italy, I have noted that apparently Ben Ali's regime did a service for the EU by hindering refugees from reaching an EU country where they can apply for asylum. The buffer states of fortress Europe, making sure poor people do not follow their resources to the actual gates. I would assume Marocco does the same, and more countries to a lesser degree.

Wonder what they get paid and if the revolutionary governments will reinstate the policy.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 04:24:54 AM EST
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You don't have to wonder about Morocco. They do.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 07:40:34 AM EST
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Tunisia asks Saudi Arabia to extradite Ben Ali - Yahoo! News

TUNIS (AFP) - Tunisia said Sunday it had officially asked Saudi Arabia to extradite deposed strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali whom it accused of "several serious crimes".

A foreign ministry statement cited by the state news agency TAP said an official request had been sent through diplomatic channels for the extradition of the ousted president, who fled to Saudi Arabia January 14 after weeks of popular revolt against his 23-year regime.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 02:08:48 PM EST
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