Late Ben Ali’s son-in-law Slim Chiboub rounded on corruption allegations

Slim Chiboub, son-in-law of former Tunisian President Ben Ali was arrested Wednesday in connection with corruption allegations after he refused to show up before the public prosecution for questioning, reports say.

The prosecution Wednesday sent forces for Chiboub who reportedly ignored two demands to appear before the prosecutor of Tunis court of first instance in the framework of an investigation on corruption involving Montazah Gammarth, a travel agency.

The prosecutor last month issued a travel ban on the former President of Esperance de Tunis, one of Tunisia’s football giants, following a decision by the Truth and Dignity Commission, which ordered Chiboub to pay 300 million Tunisian dinar to the Tunisian state as condition to avoid prison following various charges of cheating and corruption leveled against him. He has not paid back the money yet.

This is the second time the 61-year-old businessman and spouse of the ousted president’s oldest daughter Dorsaf Ben Ali. He was arrested in 2014 and set free after 14 months in prison.

He was arrested upon his return from UAE where he had been living following the fall of the Ben Ali regime. He was sentenced two times in absentia for corruption and money laundering charges.

Ben Ali and his entourage fell from grace in 2011 after a revolution known as Jasmin revolution swept the regime away because of the government corruption and social inequalities.

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