Tunisia asks UAE, Qatar to freeze Ben Ali assets

TUNIS - Tunisia has asked the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to freeze the assets of ousted President Zine Abidine Ben Ali and members of his family, the official TAP news agency said on Saturday.
A Justice Ministry source told TAP that Tunisia submitted the requests with the UAE and Qatar on May 3 and May 12 respectively. It gave no further details.
Caretaker authorities in Tunisia, in an apparent attempt to assert their authority and gain legitimacy in the eyes of protesters who forced the transition, have cracked down on vestiges of Ben Ali's long rule.