Belgian investigation into Ben Ali's fortune

The Brussels judicial authorities have started two preliminary investigations into a number of bank accounts of people with close links to the former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The probes also concern real estate which is believed to be part of his fortune.

The Brussels judicial authorities have started different investigations into money laundering. These concern illegal foreign bank accounts but also other foreign properties of Ben Ali and his family. It is believed that the president and his relatives and friends have transferred millions of dollars to bank accounts abroad.

Investigators have asked banks and insurance companies to report suspect transactions. Interpol has also taken legal action at the request of the Belgians. Foreign assets of Ben Ali and his family have already been seized in France, Switzerland, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.