Ex-Tunisian dictator`s property goes under hammer
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 22, 2012, 23:33
Tunis: Tunisian authorities are putting property confiscated from ousted Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali up for auction. That includes a pair of miniature gold sphinxes, a diamond-encrusted pen and a staggering 39 luxury cars.

Officials hope the sale, which was inaugurated by Tunisia's Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali in Tunis today, will fetch some USD 12.9 million for the state.

One of the rarities up for grabs is a super-pricy Mercedes that belonged to Ben Ali's nephew. Mohammed Lassaad Hamayed of Tunisia's confiscation committee calls the car "a handmade gem made of carbon fibers that costs more than USD 2.6 million."

He says "only Mohamed VI (the King of Morocco) has a similar one." Ben Ali was ousted by a popular uprising in January 2011.


First Published: Saturday, December 22, 2012, 23:33

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