Tunisian Leader was a "Kleptocrat"

January 17th, 2011
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Ben Ali - Trabelsi 5 Min. Forecast:  Deposed Tunisian dictator, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, pocketed $349 million in U.S. aid during his tenure.  His wife, Leila Trabelsi, managed to remove $66 million in gold (1.5 metric tons) before Ben Ali fled the country on Friday.  The Tunisian army intercepted Ben Ali cohorts who were attempting to remove more gold.

Follow up:

According to the 5 Min. Forecast:

A deal between the United States and the Ben Ali regime funneled $349 million in U.S. military aid over to Ben Ali over the course of his 23-year regime, official Pentagon figures tell us.

The report goes on to compare the Ben Ali regime to the Marcos regime in The Phillipines.  Courts eventually forced disgorgement of $684 million Marcos' Swiss bank accounts, returned to the Phillipines.  This was considerably short of the $1 -$2 billion believed pocketed by Marcos.  Read more at 5 Min. Forecast..... 

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