Ex-Tunisian dictator`s property goes under hammer

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.


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

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