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Tunisia seeks extradition of Ben Ali brother-in-law from France

AFP  |  Tunis 

said Sunday it is seeking the extradition of deposed Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali's brother-in-law, who has been arrested in and is wanted at home for alleged fraud.

The justice ministry, in a statement received by AFP, said it had learned from the office in that was arrested on Thursday in

It said he was facing 17 arrest warrants in and 43 international warrants.

There was no official confirmation in of Trabelsi's arrest.

But a source close to the investigation said he had been detained in the south of the country earlier this week in connection with alleged financial wrongdoing. There were no further details.

The millionaire and brother of Ben Ali's wife left in January 2011 when the Arab Spring uprising forced the veteran leader to flee to

Trabelsi and his family flew in a private jet to where he requested political asylum but turned down his appeal in 2015, and a year later as it prepared to deport him he vanished.

He is wanted in Tunisia where he is thought to have headed a clan that embezzled government funds.

A leaked June 2008 US diplomatic cable concluded that Trabelsi was "the most notorious (Ben Ali) family member and is rumoured to have been involved in a wide-range of corrupt schemes".

Trabelsi -- whose holdings included an and hotels -- has denied the allegations against him, saying he accumulated his wealth from being a successful

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 20:00 IST