Canada to try to extradite ex-Tunisian leader's kin

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 29, 2011 03:47

TORONTO — Canada said Friday it will try to comply with the new Tunisian government's request to extradite the brother-in-law of ousted Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Belhassen Trabelsi, a billionaire Tunisian businessman and brother of former first lady Leila Trabelsi, reportedly arrived in Canada last week with his family.

"He is not welcome. We will seek to find, obviously within the context of existing legislation, the fastest possible methods which will permit us to comply with the Tunisian government's request," said Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon, speaking in French to reporters in Val-d'Or, Quebec.

Canada is also freezing the assets of Trabelsi, who is in Montreal with his family. Cannon said every effort will be made to track down accounts belonging to Trabelsi.


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