Most Tunisian assets in Swiss banks to stay blocked

The bulk of the assets of Tunisia’s former president and his family held in Swiss accounts will stay blocked even after a 10-year freeze ends next week, the government said Sunday. Swiss officials froze the accounts of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his entourage on January 19, 2011, five days after he fled the country following a popular uprising. Most of those assets were frozen both by a Swiss government order, which can last up to 10 years, and in response to a request from Tunisia for under a system known as mutual legal assistance. “That means that, on January 19, 2021, the blocking based o…

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