Back to business in Tunisia
While some key figures accused of corruption – like Hédi Djilani, whose daughter married the powerful businessman Belhassen Trabelsi – have had assets seized, others have got off. The Ben Alis and Trabelsis – Tunisia’s former ruling families – control “$5bn-$10bn outside the country”, according to Parisbased lawyer and campaigner William Bourdon. Mustapha Bouaziz, former minister of lands, was acquitted in December 2014 in a case involving a farm near Djebel Ressas, as was former Ben Ali adviser Hamed Mlika. Ben Ali’s daughter Cyrine, Djilani and former minister Rafaâ Dekhil have also managed to get their travel bans lifted.
Tunisia’s President Essebsi: forgive, forget and invest