(ANSAmed) – WASHINGTON, JANUARY 28 – Tunisia has officially asked Canada to arrest Ben Ali’s billionaire brother-in-law, Belhassen Trabelsi. The news was announced by the Tunisian Ambassador to Ottawa. In the meantime, the Canadian government has revoked his permanent resident status. Belhassen Trabelsi, who landed in Montreal last Friday onboard his private jet, with his wife, children and a governess, is believed to be at a hotel in Vaudreuil, west of Montreal, in Quebec.
Belhassen Trabelsi is one of Ben Ali’s wife’s brothers and he arrived in Canada with a regular permanent residency permit, not requesting political asylum. His presence in Canada has caused a sharp reaction from Canadian Tunisians, given the allegations of corruption for extremely large sums of money in his country.