A Tunisian court on Monday annulled a previous decree that entitled the state to confiscate assets of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his relatives, the Anadolu Agency reported yesterday.
The court ruled the decree was invalid because it was not formally endorsed, neither by the National Constituent Assembly elected in October 2011 nor the parliament elected at the end of last year.
An informed source told Anadolu that the decree was issued by the court after one of Ben Ali’s wife’s relatives appealed the 2011 decree issued after the ousted president and his wife fled to Saudi Arabia.
The 2011 decree ruled that assets 114 of Ben Ali’s family members and aides would be confiscated.
Tunisian authorities are facing administrative and legal problems in trying to confiscate Ben Ali’s assets which are placed in other countries.