Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ain't Leaving The Gold Behind

The wife of Tunisia's ousted ruler has fled the country with 1.5 tonnes of gold worth more than £35m, it was revealed today.
President Zine El Abidin Ben Ali's wife Leila Trabelsi - dubbed the Imelda Marcos of the Arab world - is said to have ordered the Tunisian central bank chief to hand over the gold bars last week.
When the bank boss initially refused, she begged her husband to authorise the release of the bullion, and he gave in to her
demands, French daily Le Monde reports.

After taking possession of the gold, Trabelsi, 53, flew first to Dubai then on to the Saudi capital Jeddah to join her husband, who had escaped there on  Friday.
A senior French intelligence source told Le Monde: 'It seems that the wife of Ben Ali is the person who left with 1.5 tonnes of gold worth 45 million euros.'
The amount equates to an estimated quarter of Tunisia's gold reserves - and would take up roughly 2.6 cubic feet in gold bars.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1347938/Tunisian-presidents-wife-Leila-Trabelsi-fled-riots-35m-gold-bars.html#ixzz1BLNeI2do