More contraband found at Ben Ali palace

2011-05-10 14:34
Tunis - Drugs, jewellery, archeological pieces and a gun were stashed at a palace in Carthage that belonged to the ousted Tunisian president, the official TAP news agency reported on Tuesday.

The discovery was made by a national commission charged with investigating corruption and embezzlement during the 23-year presidency of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was overthrown in January following a popular revolt.

The find, made three days ago, included 40g of a substance that is "probably narcotics", jewellery stored in 169 envelopes, archeological pieces of "important value", and an American made machine gun, according to a commission statement.

Investigators also found £11 060.

On March 10, Tunisia's justice minister announced the discovery of 2kg of narcotics in the president's private office in Carthage.

The corruption commission previously said it found $27m at a Ben Ali palace in Sidi Bou Said, in the posh suburbs north of Tunis.

The recent inspection of the Carthage palace was conducted in the presence of representatives from the ministry of culture, the treasury, presidential security, anti-narcotics officials and jewellery experts, the statement said.

Ben Ali and his wife Leila Trabelsi were in May charged with "plotting against the internal security of the state", as well as murder and graft.

In April, the country's justice minister said the government was trying to have Ben Ali extradited from Saudi Arabia where he fled in mid-January.

- SAPA

Read more on:    zine el abidine ben ali  |  tunisia  |  north africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Tuesday Mitchells Plain - 19:35 PM
    Road name: M7 Vanguard Drive
    ROADWORKS - traffic restrictions between the R300 and Highlands Drive - expect delays
  • Tuesday Belhar - 17:58 PM
    Road name: Belhar Drive
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Alabama Drive
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

DSTV Mobile iDrifta

The iDrifta is a plug and play mobile DVB-H receiver...

From R99.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is always easier to look out and see what needs changing. Looking in is a lot harder... Today you may need to look at what...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.